Fail Up: 20 Lessons on Building Success from Failure

Fail Up: 20 Lessons on Building Success from Failure

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by Tavis Smiley
     
 

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This timeless quote by Nobel laureate Samuel Beckett has served as an inspiration for Tavis Smiley’s unprecedented success. By reflecting on his missteps, misdeeds, and miscalculations, the award-winning television and radio broadcaster has learned that while failure is an inevitable part of the human journey, it can also serve as your wisest teacher.

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This timeless quote by Nobel laureate Samuel Beckett has served as an inspiration for Tavis Smiley’s unprecedented success. By reflecting on his missteps, misdeeds, and miscalculations, the award-winning television and radio broadcaster has learned that while failure is an inevitable part of the human journey, it can also serve as your wisest teacher. As he celebrates his 20th year in broadcasting, Smiley urges you to reconsider how you view your past mistakes. Every day that you wake up, you get another chance to get it right, to bounce back from failures big and small—to fail up.
     In Fail Up, Smiley steps from behind the curtain of success to recount 20 instances of perceived “failures” that were, in fact, “lessons” that shaped the principles and practices he employs today. You will find a kinship in Smiley’s humanness that inspires, informs, and reminds us of our inherent ability to achieve and grow in spite of life’s inevitable setbacks.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781401933913
Publisher:
Hay House, Inc.
Publication date:
02/05/2013
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
451,407
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 6.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author


From his celebrated conversations with world figures, to his work to inspire the next generation of leaders as a broadcaster, author, advocate, and philanthropist Tavis Smiley continues to be an outstanding voice for change. Currently, Smiley hosts the late-night television talk show, Tavis Smiley on PBS, The Tavis Smiley Show distributed by Public Radio International (PRI), and is the co-host of Smiley & West (PRI). He is the first American to simultaneously host signature talk shows on both public television and public radio. In addition to his radio and television work, Smiley has authored 14 books, including the book he edited, Covenant with Black America, which became the first nonfiction book by a Black-owned publisher to reach #1 on The New York Times bestseller list. He is also the presenter and creative force behind America I AM: The African American Imprint—an unprecedented traveling museum exhibition celebrating the extraordinary impact of African American contributions to our nation and to the world. In 2009, TIME magazine named him to their list of “The World’s 100 Most Influential People.” This year, 2011, marks his 20th year in broadcasting.

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Fail Up 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
NOPOHBOY More than 1 year ago
Your book is great. It have help me to retrace the steps of my life and see where I though I had failed God stepped in a did for me what I could not do for myself. Your book also allowed to look at what I saw as failure as " teachable moment"straight from the hand of God. I no longer have fear of a failing but a desire to move on when life hicups or decides to save me from no unguided desires. I am now a student of your timeless wisdom. Thank you for being open enough to share, gracious enough write and noble enough to hold the line. You are truly a Jewel of the human family.
O_B_Rashid More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading Mr. Smiley's latest written contribution to the universe and found it to be full of good sound advice. In this hurried environment where many of us unconsciously lose our inherent sense of decency and forget how to engage our true selves, Tavis helps us to get back there by reminding us that we are all batters in life's game of baseball. Occasionally we hit the ball out of the park, but more often a curve ball appears out of nowhere, knocks us the heck out, and teaches a grand lesson in the process. There were many pertinent lessons shared in the book, but the overarching idea Tavis relayed best and the one that was interwoven throughout all the chapters is that we have to be perpetually alert and in tune with our spirit in order to take advantage of life's missteps and its blessed opportunities. Great job, Tavis.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mr. Smiley does an excellent job of taking us into his world and reliving 20 of the most significant points in his life that on the surface first appear as "failures", but when closely examined laid the foundation for the successful media celebrity and businessman that he is today. At first glance, I found this book to have a rather simple appearance. But when taking a closer look, the many pieces of the book's design make it not so simple afterall. It has an engaging jacket cover. Upward arrow icons are carefully placed throughout the book. The page colorations give the reader a feeling of subtle sophistication. When I started reading the text, what seemed like simple stories of the author's challenges in life turned out to also be quiet complex. Mr. Smiley does a great job of mixing his life stories with those of "average joes" and then again through current events to show how those same lessons are playing out in our society at large. And to top it all off, he presented clear concise data that show he has spent some time researching his topic to add additional credibility of his conclusions to the reader. I highly recommend this book. It's a quick read and the material keeps your attention, is thought provoking, and inspiring. The language used in the book is conversational, deeply honest, and professional. There are even parts that make you laugh along the way. And if you've never read anything by this author before, this a great place to start.
jorisia washington More than 1 year ago
Mr. Smiley details his rise to the top by offering interesting lessons and words of wisdom. A must read!
Yoshana Jones More than 1 year ago
Tavis descibes 20 life lessons that can apply to anyone at any point in their life. His advice was relevant and extremely insightful!
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