Fail, Fail Again, Fail Better

  • by Pema Chödrön
  • Narrated by Pema Chödrön
  • 1 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When her granddaughter was accepted to Naropa University, the celebrated author Pema Chödrön promised that she'd speak at the commencement ceremony. Fail, Fail Again, Fail Better contains the wisdom shared on that day. "What do we do when life doesn't go the way we hoped?" begins Pema. "We say 'I'm a failure.'" But what if failing wasn't just "okay"... but the most direct way to becoming a more complete, loving, and fulfilled human being?
Here, Pema Chödrön offers us her heartfelt advice on facing the unknown - in ourselves and in the world - and how our missteps can open our eyes to see new possibilities and purpose. For listeners of all faiths who are at a life crossroads, this brilliant gem of kindness and clarity is sure to earn its place in our kitchens, offices, and backpacks, ready to help us get back on our feet and into our hearts. Includes an in-depth interview with Pema Chödrön and Tami Simon.


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Down to earth brilliance.

Instead of the usual bulls..t about having to brainwash ourselves into methods to be successful all the time, this book points to our reality and says how to live with daily failure and become better at dealing with it, while showing kindness and respect for ourselves and others. It doesn't tell us to replace experiences with more "successful" approaches, it instead asks us to be brave and lean into the negative feelings and make friends with them, thereby making friends with ourselves, and consequently others.

The narrator, Pema the author, is so down to earth that her humility, and her descriptions of her own experiences can only make you empathize, and a lot of the time you'll find yourself laughing out loud as you listen.

It's a real treasure. Enjoy.
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- brendan mc cann

More heartfelt words from Pema

This is composed of two parts. Part One is a speech that Pema gave to a graduation ceremony at a University in the US. Part Two is an interview with Tami Simon. Both are interesting, discussing the theme of failing, and failing better.

Of the two parts I found the interview much more insightful. The first part is enjoyable to listen to, Pema is always insightful, compassionate and funny. But the second part gave a real insight in to her own life experiences, the path she has taken, and her life in relation to the theme. I thought the questions were kindly and carefully presented and presented real opportunity for teaching.

Short but recommended.
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- kjzee

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-09-2015
  • Publisher: Sounds True