“Fail Up” says Mr. Tavis Smiley, read this book!

Open Book and Discussion Group based on the book:

Fail Up: 20 Lessons on Building Success from Failure

The book was written by Tavis Smiley

Discussion Tuesday Evening 06.21.11 at 7

Greetings All,

Failure hurts, but failure and failing is part of life. Why do we shirk from it so? We go out of our way to attempt to portray lives in which we have never fallen short of our mark, always loved and been loved by our co-workers, managers and family members. We are told in numerous ways to twist out stories of actual strengths when asked about our potential shortcomings. Our resumes and cover letters illustrate near-perfect saints. Upon command we activate glowing and flawless auras for networking events and interviews in hopes of cloaking any shortcomings.

Mr. Tavis Smiley has a better and far more genuine approach. With huge and impressive credentials that I will not even attempt to list here Mr. Smiley could easily sweep all of his past indiscretions and bruises under a rock and stand upon in glory acting as if he had always been king. Yet Tavis Smiley bares his soul and his past bumps and bruises, some very serious, to reveal a successful life built on a foundation that included painful incidents and embarrassing “growth opportunities.” Truly, it is hard to elucidate just how open this work is. He has shared openly many stumblings and missteps so that we could learn from them. This is not about mumbling “sorry” and hoping for multiple chances. This is about heartfelt indemnification.

Using failure in constructive and positive ways is a message we clearly need to hear in these times when the Internet and digital connectivity exposes our every keystroke and with one false click you can reveal your Weiner. Clearly we need to embrace and deal with unavoidable failure in more positive and courageous ways. Smiley shows us how!

Get your hands on this book, it is “required reading” for all ages. This is yet another book suggested by both Mr. Craig Stafford and Mr. Daniel Johnson, Jr. and both of them never fail to impress me with their recommendations.

 “Fail Up” Success Points:

  • Why does our society shun and seek to obscure “failure” so much?
  • Do secret failures haunt you in terms of self-confidence and personal image?
  • Have there been public failings in your past that you feel still affect you?
  • Why a “pink slip can fire you up!”
  • Are there past failures in your life that eventually yielded great lessons and success?
  • Are there people in your life that saw “future potential” beyond a “periodic failing?”
  • Who do you think of as someone who rose above their failings?
  • Why are failing and fault so tightly linked?
  • What would a more authentic approach do for your self-image?
  • Do you learn more from success or from failure?
  • Where does your sense of “personal accountability” come from?
  • What is the best way to communicate your “failures?”
  • Is there such a thing as irrecoverable failure? Why?
  • “Rejection is redirection,” yes or no?

 “How good is your failure?” – Dr. Cornel West to Tavis Smiley

Without “fail” we always sojourn over to Steak & Shake after we conclude at Barnes & Noble.

Join us, won’t you?


Could success really hinge on your ability to "Fail Up?" Smiley says so!

$timulus: An Open Book and Networking Group

Barnes & Noble in the Streets of West Chester

(I-75 Exit 19 Union Centre Blvd., Past The Rave Theater)

9455 Civic Centre Boulevard, West Chester, OH 45069

Every Tuesday evening at 7:00 P.M.

There is no charge for $timulus!!!

Monte at 513.769.6313 or montewashburn@gmail.com

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Monte Washburn’s Nonfiction Blog Link: https://montewashburn.wordpress.com/

Tavis Smiley walks his talk with his book "Fail Up!"


About MonteWashburn

Greetings, Please allow me to introduce myself. I am Monte, a passionate lover of a great spectrum of nonfiction books and authors and in hoping to provide some guidance to the many currently unemployed or under-employed persons much of the content posted here will revolve around books of the job search, career, entrepreneurial pursuits and personal development. Other related blogs and material will be heralded here as well. And a little fiction just may sneak in as well from time to time. May you find your own stimulus here. Expectantly, Monte
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