Up: 20 Lessons on Building Success from Failure
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by Tavis Smiley
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Smiley Books (May 1, 2011)
Book Reviewed by Kam Williams
"If they're being honest, most people who have ever succeeded in any human endeavor will tell you they learned more from their failures than they ever learned from their successes… Failure is an inevitable part of the human condition… Through my scars, I have been blessed to arrive at a place I never imagined. .
When you take the time to learn your lessons, when you use
those lessons as stepping-stones to climb even higher than you were before,
you transcend failure—you ‘fail up.' In this book, I detail 20 of the most
impactful lessons of my life…I'm a witness. You CAN fail up!"
--Excerpted from the Introduction (pgs. ix-xvii)
Given Tavis Smiley's lofty status as the host of a hit,
nationally-syndicated, TV talk show, one might not suspect that he'd
suffered any setbacks over the course of his meteoric rise. But contrary to
appearances, the accomplished broadcaster, entrepreneur, publisher,
philanthropist and author has definitely taken his share of missteps on his
way to the top.