In Failosophy: A Handbook for When Things Go Wrong, Elizabeth Day, author of How to Fail and creator of the award-winning How to Fail podcast, brings together all the lessons she has learned from her own life, from conversations with her podcast guests - including Malcolm Gladwell, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Lemn Sissay, Nigel Slater, Emeli Sande, Meera Syal, Dame Kelly Holmes, Andrew Scott and many, many more - and from meeting readers and listeners who have shared their stories with her.
She has distilled all this precious material into seven key principles of failure:
- Failure just is
- You are not your worst thoughts
- Almost everyone feels they’ve failed at their 20s
- Break-ups are not a tragedy
- Failure is data acquisition
- There is no such thing as a future you
- Being open about your vulnerabilities is the ultimate act of strength
Practical, inspirational and with carefully selected quotes from the podcast guests, who have insights into everything from failed exams, romantic break-ups and how to cope with severe anxiety, Failosophy is the essential guide for turning our failures into our successes and the equivalent of having a chat with a good friend who wants to make you feel better.
"A beautiful timely and humane book. If there's one philosophy the world needs more of right now, it's Failosophy." (Alain de Botton)
"Elizabeth Day has revolutionised the way we see failure." (Stylist)
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Predictable, boring and lacking scientific backing
It's such a shame that people keep writing books based on their own personal experience and profess to be an expert on big psychological topics. The broad idea of the book is ok and the idea that failing isn't always a bad thing is something that we can all agree on. But this book is so predictable and boring. It only really scratches the surface. And although she mentions amazing people like Brene Brown, it really is just a couple of hours of chat. There is so much psychological research underpinning the ideas in this which could be brought out by someone much better versed in it. I would save your money for Brene Brown's books personally. It's probably also mentioning a trigger warnings around miscarriage and suicide as these are discussed in detail and could be difficult for others.