Failure is when we fall short of our goals or are not successful in achieving what we set out to do. But even though failure is an inevitable and necessary part of growth and understanding, we learn very early to attach a heavy sense of self-judgment to it, leading to intense feelings of shame, rejection, and self-criticism. Fear of encountering these feelings drives us to avoid failure—or even the appearance of it—by any means necessary, taking actions that don’t align with our values or preventing ourselves from attempting what we feel our hearts are calling us to do. Examining and adjusting how we use the lens of failure to describe ourselves and others is a key step in living boldly as our whole selves.
In the tradition of Paul Tough’s How Children Succeed and Wendy Mogel’s The Blessing of a Skinned Knee, this groundbreaking manifesto focuses on the critical school years when parents must learn to allow their children to experience the disappointment and frustration that occur from life’s...
Why is life getting harder instead of easier? How do I get back up after life knocks me down? And how do I grow stronger and live more intentionally? We no longer have the tools to handle failure…or even perceived failure. When we fall, we lie on the sidewalk crying. When we spill, we splatter.
Inspired by her hugely popular podcast, How to Fail is Elizabeth Day’s brilliantly funny, painfully honest and insightful celebration of things going wrong. This is a book for anyone who has ever failed. Which means it’s a book for everyone.