Fail Up: 20 Lessons on Building Success from Failure

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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 ...
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Overview


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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401933906
  • Publisher: Hay House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2011
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,472,595
  • Product dimensions: 5.92 (w) x 6.74 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author

Tavis Smiley

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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Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Chapter 1 Before Honor Comes Humility 1

Chapter 2 Cheaters Never Win 17

Chapter 3 Don't do me no Favors 33

Chapter 4 You're Always on 45

Chapter 5 Arrested Development 57

Chapter 6 A Pink Slip can Fire you up! 73

Chapter 7 Remain Dignified even when you're Justified 87

Chapter 8 Do your Homework 103

Chapter 9 Loose Lips can Sink Ships 115

Chapter 10 Get in where you Fit in 127

Chapter 11 Living for the City 139

Chapter 12 Give the People what they Want 151

Chapter 13 The Diversity Imperative 163

Chapter 14 Save Space for Grace 175

Chapter 15 And the Winner is...Not me 187

Chapter 16 Keep it Tight 199

Chapter 17 Get Ready to be Ready 209

Chapter 18 Power vs. Principle 221

Chapter 19 When Everybody Turns Against you 233

Chapter 20 Father Knows Best 251

Gratitude 261

About the Author 263

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2011

    HIghly Recommended - Not Your Normal Business Success Book...Its Better!

    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.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 28, 2011

    Great Advise!

    Mr. Smiley details his rise to the top by offering interesting lessons and words of wisdom. A must read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 3, 2011

    Great Read!

    Tavis descibes 20 life lessons that can apply to anyone at any point in their life. His advice was relevant and extremely insightful!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 26, 2011

    Timeless, thank you Tavis

    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.

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  • Posted May 14, 2011

    Good Reminders

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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