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Fail Fast, Fail Often: How Losing Can Help You Win Paperback – December 26, 2013
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—New York Times
"Big goals are great—but not if they're paralyzing. In this fun and inspiring book, Rabineaux and Krumboltz show that taking small steps and accepting failures ultimately lead you down the path to success."
—Laura Vanderkam, What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast
“If you're not occasionally failing, you're not trying hard enough. Fail Fast, Fail Often offers helpful tactics for conquering paralyzing fear and taking the strategic risks necessary for success.”
—Todd Henry, author of Die Empty and The Accidental Creative
“Chock-full of practical, inspirational stories and advice that will help get even the most reluctant of us off the couch and on to more exciting life pursuits.”
—Denise Pope, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer, Stanford Graduate School of Education, and Co-Founder, Challenge Success
“Fail Fast, Fail Often vigorously examines the counterintuitive idea that not striving for instant perfection is essential to the creative process.”
—Carl Alasko, author of Say This, Not That and Emotional Bullshit
About the Author
John Krumboltz is a professor of education and psychology at Stanford University. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, as well as the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is the winner of numerous prestigious honors, including the Outstanding Research Award for the American Counseling Association. He has authored or co-authored more than 200 publications, including Luck is No Accident: Making the Most of Happenstance in Your Life and Career.
Top Customer Reviews
The fact that the authors are both career counselors shows, in that the advice given is very practical. The book is broken into chapters related to different themes—such as how to avoid analysis paralysis, how to overcome resistance, and how to use your failures to accelerate your learning. Each chapter includes specific advice on how to put the ideas into practice.
Often, I find self-help books consist of one good idea that is repeated and padded to get it to book length. No such problem with this book. I was amazed by how much I took away from each chapter. For example, I have read many popular books on dealing with procrastination. But the chapter on dealing with resistance in Fail Fast had the most useful discussion of procrastination I have ever seen.
I also have to compliment the writing style. Although the book includes discussions of research studies, it reads more like a conversation with two wise friends. It really threads the needle between being authoritative and encouraging. After reading it, I felt charged with energy. Highly recommended!
This is what Ryan Babineaux and John Krumboltz seem to have in mind when observing, "People who are happy and successful expend less time planning and more time acting. They get out into the world and try new things, make mistakes, and in doing so, benefit from unexpected experiences and opportunities" that they would not otherwise have. The key is to learn how to "make small changes to what they [begin italics] do [end italics]...to break free from habitual behaviors and initiate new adventures, act boldly with minimal preparation, and leverage their] strengths for rapid change." Babineux and Krumboltz agree with Helen Keller, as do I: "Life is either a daring adventure or nothing." That said, neither she nor they recommend placing one's self in harm's way by taking foolish, impulsive risks. Be proactive, yes, but focus on opportunities that require "smart action."
These are among the dozens of business subjects and issues of special interest and value to me, also listed to indicate the scope of Babineaux and Krumboltz''s coverage.Read more ›
The book has given me permission to fail, choose joy, have fun and feel safe knowing it's all part of the process in creating a career and life I feel great about.
This book is perfect for someone like me, a person who has a lot of ideas on what to do in my life, but always finds ways of talking myself out of it. The authors speak in frank and honest terms and really make you focus on what's important: making yourself happy and living your best life. Sometimes ideas you have are great, sometimes they're not. But, you'll never know what works until you try. I'm so glad I read this book; it has really given me the motivation to change my life and make the move towards a new career path.
You don't have be a genius to anything you want, you need to have the will to stick it out long enough to realize whether to pursue or move on to something serendipitous that is waiting for you around the corner.
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I love the practicals suggestions illustrated by real world suggestions. It has inspired me to take small actions and rethink and reins spire my life.Published 16 days ago by Charles Majeski
Great book, easy to read, great stories of overcoming obstacles.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
First review I've written of anything because I feel in debt to this author for giving me so much more value than what I paid for this book. I highly recommend this book.Published 4 months ago by brain
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I never got to listen to it because it required signing up to service so I returned it. I like to listen on multiple devices and systems most of which are not online so not being... Read morePublished 10 months ago by WD
amazing book...it is based on scientific output instead of "positive energy will make your life better"; it explains how learning work, how brain copes with failure and how... Read morePublished 11 months ago by baharak
Helped me to overcome lethargy. Helped me to be brave and helped me to go ahead in spite of the fear of failure.Published 12 months ago by sandra e. hearn