I heard about this book from a blog post. You know the ones; they list all the books that you need to read in order to achieve ‘X’.
From that blog post, it seemed like an interesting and useful read, so I added it to my reading list for 2018.
About the book
From the title, Fail, Fail Again, Fail Better, I assumed that this book would be teaching you all about the fear of failure and how to overcome it.
I suppose it kind of does that … but this book wasn’t anything like I had expected it to be.
Although this book looks like a fairly decent size (160 pages) it will not take you a long time to read. I managed to complete it in just one sitting.
Half of the pages have a swirly image on them, and the other half of the pages sometimes had no more than one sentence!
The book is definitely a page-turner – you spend more time turning pages than you do physically reading it!
Reading the spoken word
This book is a product of repurposing content.
The first half of the book is the commencement speech that the author gave to the 2014 graduation class of Naropa University in Colorado, US.
The second half is a question and answer session with Tami Simon, who is the publisher of the podcast Sounds True, on the topic of Failure, Regret, and Leaning into the Beautiful Mystery of Life.
Personally, I think that repurposing content into a book is a very clever thing to do and I have read many books that have come about through this method and I have rated them very highly. But in the case of this book, they have transcribed the commencement speech and the podcast interview but they have failed to edit it for a reader.
The transcription remains in speech format, and if you’ve ever had any of your spoken words transcribed, you’ll know that they do not work well in a written format.
The book should have been edited to take into consideration that the content is being digested in a different manner.
My overall thoughts and recommendation
Sadly, I didn’t get much value from the commencement speech in the first half of the book. Instead, I got most of the value from the podcast interview in the second half.
But overall, I was disappointed due to the fact that the transcription is word-for-word and has not been edited for a reader. It becomes difficult to digest, hard to find key points and takeaways, and not very enjoyable to read.
Instead, I would recommend that you watch the commencement speech on YouTube and listen to the podcast interview (if you can find them) rather than buying this book.
You’ll get the same information, but it will be delivered in the way it was intended to be delivered and therefore I think you’ll be able to get much more value from it.
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This book review is my personal opinion and experience of Fail, Fail Again, Fail Better.
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Fail, Fail Again, Fail Better
This book is a transcription from a commencement speech and podcast interview. Overall, I was disappointed due to the fact that the transcription is word-for-word and has not been edited for a reader. It becomes difficult to digest, hard to find key points and takeaways, and not very enjoyable to read.
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