All of us want to taste success in our life and try to avoid failures as much as possible. But in reality, failures are a part of the process that leads us to success. We need to understand that it is complete fine to fail. Though it is not easy to accept because of many factors, acceptance gives us the freedom to deal with things in a more better way and prepare nicely. This book by Dr. Chaturvedi gives a perspective of the author regarding failure explaining the benefits and lessons we learn from such failures and mistakes. Quite a motivational read.
In a world where success is celebrated and failure is hidden under wraps, this book comes as a breath of fresh air. In wry and often self depreciating humour, Jagdish Chaturvedi describes episodes which have had great influence on his thoughts and beliefs about success and failure. These are nuggets of wisdom which do not sermonise but are completely relatable. Two statements from the book which stand out for me are- "So many of us are attached to the notion of success that we are afraid to try"; and "Despite all your preparations, failure may happen. And when it does, it does. Embrace it." The book is a perfect size, which you can finish in one go (I did). Some readers may however, come back to it again and again whenever they need some inspiration. The illustrations are brilliant and capture the emotions and moments very well. The editing is commendable and the cover page appealing.
This book should find a place in the library of every high school and college. It would be a great aid for counselling and therapy as well. I think it will appeal to the young because they will identify with it. It will also appeal to older people who may reminisce and reflect on all the times they have fallen only to rise again. Dr. Prabha Chandra, Professor of Psychiatry, NIMHANS, Bangalore
A person cannot always succeed. There will be situations when he will fall down. It is said that you know a person’s character when he falls down and gets up. The author has shared ten personal anecdotes of mistakes and failures along with his interpretations. He shows that failure is a part of the process that leads to success and we shouldn’t get demotivated if we fail. Instead we should introspect so as to achieve the target. The book shall be fodder who take failures very seriously and aren’t able to move forward. It will help them change their minds and motivate to achieve what they have always dreamt.
What a book!!! An inspiration for people of my generation. We spend a lot of our time thinking what will happen if I fail and how can I face those fears, but when you understand that failures can occur even with highest preparation, you stop thinking too much about it. I have been able to work at double my efficiency after reading this book. All these days concentration was on having a fail proof plan for every work. Now I have shifted my concentration to actually working. If you understand the moral in this book and implement, you will actually feel things in life moving at a faster pace.
The Benefits of Failing Successfully is a simple straightforward book on how to deal with Failures.
The author narrates real incidents of failure from his personal life and what he learnt from them as well as how the seemingly failed attempt at doing something proved to be beneficial.
The author has pointed out that failure teaches valuable lessons that you wont learn if you were successful in your first attempt at doing something.
The benefit of having the real life incidents from Authors' life is that most readers will connect easily as something they themselves might have experienced.
At the core, the book attempts to align the attitude of the reader towards what most people refer to as 'Failure'
The book is short and has many pages with illustrations by Pranay Arun Kumar. They help keep the nature of the book light. Plain text talking about failures can be depressing. The sketches which appear every few pages, enhance the message and make the whole reading experience rather enjoyable.
the book will be a good read for school and college going students and people early in their career. might not be a very good read for the seasoned professional but a gentle reminder never hurt.
An inspiration for many generations to come! I just loved every piece of this book. All of us think a lot about failures and how to overcome them. But we need to understand that we can fail even with our best we have got. So, its better to focus on the goal and treat failures as a part of the process that finally leads to the target. The author has shared 10 anecdotes of mistakes and failures along with his interpretations. Though we may not commit the same mistakes, there is a lot to learn about how to deal with such situations whenever they arise. The Benefits of failing Successfully is a book that describes how to deal with failures. The author has shared many real-life incidents from hid life to points out his mistakes and failures with which the reader can connect instantly. The book has some serious life lessons which people won’t learn if success is tasted in the very first attempt. I liked the writing style of the author. The simple and plain text along with illustrations was quite engaging and enjoyable.
The title of this book has been aptly chosen. It completely justifies it. We all fear failure but most of us don’t know how to deal with it. Moreover, some of us take failures so seriously that either we don’t start or leave things half-done. This book is an inspiration. It has 10 anecdotes of mistakes and failures made by the author and he has explained how he dealt and overcame these. I liked this book completely. It was an instant boost of energy.
Failure is a topic that most successful people choose not to talk about, which is why my expectations from “The Benefits of Failing Successfully” were high. It did not disappoint.
This book is radically different from Dr Jagdish’s previous book “Inventing Medical Devices”. Being more of a relaxed, funny read, it’s easier to relate to and less serious while still driving home some valid points about our attitudes towards failure. His capability as an author and the ease with which he has switched styles is truly commendable.
As a product of the Indian education system, I relate strongly to the fear and despair which accompanies any kind of failure. We are conditioned since childhood to compare ourselves to our peers, to try and outdo them in every way possible. The system makes it impossible for us to perceive failing as healthy – even if we logically know that no one can learn without making mistakes.
I got lucky when I got to attend design school, where failing is just a part of the process of making something. However, not everyone gets such an opportunity, so many people retain their rat-race mentality well into their late 20s.
The book is presented as a series of personal stories from Dr. Jagdish’s past, written in a delightfully funny way. This makes it extremely relatable and a breeze to read (in fact I finished it in an hour), but it is also one of those books that you could read over and over again. Being anecdotal, it isn’t too preachy and lets you draw conclusions from the stories on your own.
This book comes at the perfect time in my life where I am still struggling to throw off my preconceived notions and expectations from myself about failure. While many people feel societal pressure to avoid failure, I am my own worst critic and harshest judge. I think this book will help me develop a healthier mindset towards making mistakes.
I’d definitely recommend this book to anyone in their teens or twenties. In this age, most of us are just going through the motions of what society deems correct, while feeling lost and uneasy about our future. “The Benefits of Failing Successfully” is a breath of fresh air in this ocean of judgement and despair.
A book that must be read by all specially students who lose their heart and motivation after one or two failures. We as students always want to do our best. However, success doesn’t always kiss our feet. People need to understand that failure and success is a part of life and the journey and not the ultimate destination. There is much more in life which has been explained beautifully by Dr. Chaturvedi. I liked the writing style. Overall, a wonderful read.
We are a country of billions of people and how many of are lucky enough to achieve our dreams in one go. Very few. But when we fail, how do we treat it? Many of us don’t deal with it properly. This book by Dr. Chaturvedi talks about 10 anecdotes of failure and mistakes of the author and how he dealt with it. We get to learn a lot about the way in which we need to deal with our failures. The author also explains how we shouldn’t get demotivated and how we should take failure as a part of the process that leads to success. Amazing read.