Book number 21: Failing Forward by J. Maxwell. This one sat for long at my desk after my sister’s best friend priest lent it to me.
What it is: Failing Forward expresses why it is important to “fail early, fail often, and fail forward.” The world is obsessed with success that failures aren’t seen as the golden opportunities as they are. William Bolitho said it right:
The most important thing in life is not to capitalize on our gains. Any fool can do that. The really important thing is to profit from your losses. That requires intelligence; and it makes the difference between a man of sense and a fool.
What I liked about it: I wasn’t keen on reading a self-help book but after a few pages, I got hooked! Failing Forward reminded me of The Happiness Project. I loved all the back stories on the most successful and influential people – just goes to show you how “failure is not an event, but a process.” It’s not easy to fail, but it’s certainly necessary – with the right attitude, all failures become seeds that bears the fruit of success.
After all, there is no avoiding mistakes and failures and “some of us get jackhammered” even. But “to succeed you have to be open to problems… And as you go up the ladder, you gain the right to get more problems. The higher you go, the bigger the problems… But the most effective people have gone through the toughest times.” I guess it’s all in how you look at it!
What I did not like about it: Most self-help books are preachy, I guess that is a given. My only advice is to be open about this book, because if you are pretty negative, you would have a hard time reading. It started a bit slow for me but that’s alright because I eventually devoured it, savoring the stories. I liked the stories more than the tips actually. 😉
Recommended for: Leaders, dreamers, and all people looking for a boost in their lives, those trying to find direction, and maybe even to some who have given up. Failing Forward is definitely a nice, value-adding read.