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A USA TODAY Bestseller! Chasing Failure will help you remove every excuse for not pursuing the life you want to live, and that failure may just be the quickest way to success. We all have something we’d love to do, but often our fear of failure outweighs the potential of our destiny. But what if we found out that failure could actually help us succeed? In Chasing Failure, Ry A USA TODAY Bestseller! Chasing Failure will help you remove every excuse for not pursuing the life you want to live, and that failure may just be the quickest way to success. We all have something we’d love to do, but often our fear of failure outweighs the potential of our destiny. But what if we found out that failure could actually help us succeed? In Chasing Failure, Ryan Leak shares the science behind why people are afraid to fail, mixing in real-life stories and adding practical steps to help us intentionally chase failure in order to embrace the opportunities that come with it. Everyone fails in life—but if you’re willing to learn, improve, and grow because of your failures, you are already on the road to success. As a motivational speaker, whether addressing people in corporations, churches, or youth events, Ryan has a message of hope: failure is right around the corner, so be brave enough to chase it! The good life is on the other side, and as he says, “God promises to be with you always, even through the failure.” Packed with wisdom, specific strategies, and a key takeaway included at the end of each chapter, Chasing Failure will help you: Explore whether your dream idea is worth pursuing  Count the cost and create an action plan for your idea Learn how to effectively deal with criticism Understand how to embrace failure and learn how it can propel you By blending personal stories, get-up-and-go encouragement, and practical step-by-step advice, Ryan Leak will show you how chasing failure could be the quickest way to success.


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A USA TODAY Bestseller! Chasing Failure will help you remove every excuse for not pursuing the life you want to live, and that failure may just be the quickest way to success. We all have something we’d love to do, but often our fear of failure outweighs the potential of our destiny. But what if we found out that failure could actually help us succeed? In Chasing Failure, Ry A USA TODAY Bestseller! Chasing Failure will help you remove every excuse for not pursuing the life you want to live, and that failure may just be the quickest way to success. We all have something we’d love to do, but often our fear of failure outweighs the potential of our destiny. But what if we found out that failure could actually help us succeed? In Chasing Failure, Ryan Leak shares the science behind why people are afraid to fail, mixing in real-life stories and adding practical steps to help us intentionally chase failure in order to embrace the opportunities that come with it. Everyone fails in life—but if you’re willing to learn, improve, and grow because of your failures, you are already on the road to success. As a motivational speaker, whether addressing people in corporations, churches, or youth events, Ryan has a message of hope: failure is right around the corner, so be brave enough to chase it! The good life is on the other side, and as he says, “God promises to be with you always, even through the failure.” Packed with wisdom, specific strategies, and a key takeaway included at the end of each chapter, Chasing Failure will help you: Explore whether your dream idea is worth pursuing  Count the cost and create an action plan for your idea Learn how to effectively deal with criticism Understand how to embrace failure and learn how it can propel you By blending personal stories, get-up-and-go encouragement, and practical step-by-step advice, Ryan Leak will show you how chasing failure could be the quickest way to success.

30 review for Chasing Failure: How Falling Short Sets You Up for Success

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nursebookie

    TITLE: Chasing Failure AUTHOR: Ryan Leak PUB DATE: June 22, 2021 AUDIO LENGTH: 4 hours 9 minutes NARRATED BY: Ryan Leak Review: The audiobook narration by the author was fantastic! This is an amazing book for leaders and anyone who fears failure unable to live out their full potential. Leak takes us through a different mindset where failure can actually help you succeed. With real life stories and examples, Leak takes the readers through an inspirational and motivational journey. Ryan Leak’s book is TITLE: Chasing Failure AUTHOR: Ryan Leak PUB DATE: June 22, 2021 AUDIO LENGTH: 4 hours 9 minutes NARRATED BY: Ryan Leak Review: The audiobook narration by the author was fantastic! This is an amazing book for leaders and anyone who fears failure unable to live out their full potential. Leak takes us through a different mindset where failure can actually help you succeed. With real life stories and examples, Leak takes the readers through an inspirational and motivational journey. Ryan Leak’s book is a must read for all of us. I gleaned a lot just by reading and listening to this amazing book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    I really wanted this to be better because it was written by one of my churches teaching pastors. I feel that it was heavy on "bullet point" thoughts but didn't get into much substance. Some of his stories he sort of alluded to but invited the reader to go check them out on YouTube or Google but I am not going to. Just retell the account in the book, rather than ask me to care enough to search for it, is how I feel about it. I like the concept that failing is perfectly acceptable and we should no I really wanted this to be better because it was written by one of my churches teaching pastors. I feel that it was heavy on "bullet point" thoughts but didn't get into much substance. Some of his stories he sort of alluded to but invited the reader to go check them out on YouTube or Google but I am not going to. Just retell the account in the book, rather than ask me to care enough to search for it, is how I feel about it. I like the concept that failing is perfectly acceptable and we should not give up on our dreams.. But it was a quick read and had some good things to ponder. If you enjoy a self-help book that is easy and fast, go for it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Emilie Haney

    I wasn’t sure what to expect when I read this book (a book about failing?) but I was blown away by not only the concept, but the practical advice and encouragement I got from audiobooking it. Here are two quotes out of many that stuck out to me: "When you tell people about your dream it creates accountability for you to actually do something about it." "Just because someone is better than you at something don’t mean you have to live intimidated by them.” Leak’s focus on failure is so refreshi I wasn’t sure what to expect when I read this book (a book about failing?) but I was blown away by not only the concept, but the practical advice and encouragement I got from audiobooking it. Here are two quotes out of many that stuck out to me: "When you tell people about your dream it creates accountability for you to actually do something about it." "Just because someone is better than you at something don’t mean you have to live intimidated by them.” Leak’s focus on failure is so refreshing. It’s the idea of taking a chance because the worst that can happen is it doesn’t work out. But, at the same time, you can’t forget the chance that it WILL work out or something better might come from the risk. He also points out that failure can be a good thing – it can help us pivot when our dreams aren’t quite right or it can help us buckle down and get better to reach that success. You’d better believe I’ll be re-reading this in the future! I highly recommend this book in hardcover, but if you’re a #audiobook fan I’d recommend that even more because there is bonus content added at the end of each chapter where the author answers early-reader questions. There is SO much good content in this book and I think it would be great for anyone at *any* stage of life. My rating: 5* —— Thanks to the publisher for this gifted copy! All opinions are my own!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Living My Best Book Life

    Chasing Failure is a new and fresh approach self-help book. Ryan Leak shares personal experiences to show that he was willing to fail so that we can all learn to succeed. The book is an interesting take on following your dreams. Ryan introduces his theory on 'chasing failure'. He points out that you really have nothing to lose if you chase your dreams. For example, he always wanted to be in the NBA. He was 28 and wrote a few emails to multiple NBA teams. When some responded and said no, he still Chasing Failure is a new and fresh approach self-help book. Ryan Leak shares personal experiences to show that he was willing to fail so that we can all learn to succeed. The book is an interesting take on following your dreams. Ryan introduces his theory on 'chasing failure'. He points out that you really have nothing to lose if you chase your dreams. For example, he always wanted to be in the NBA. He was 28 and wrote a few emails to multiple NBA teams. When some responded and said no, he still took it as a win because that meant that they actually read his email. One day, he got a response from Phoenix Suns and would get a tryout. That is not something that you hear of... like ever. During his tryout, he realized that maybe it wasn't the right calling because although he was good at basketball there were others who were just plain outstanding. But he didn't let this deter him to finding out exactly what his purpose in the world is. He also describes a moment where he met the GOAT, Kobe Bryant. Kobe influenced so many including Ryan and so he was more than excited to meet Kobe. He wanted to make an impression so he told him about his idea about 'Chasing Failure'. Kobe told him he wanted to see the final product. What stuck out to me the most was how one person can make an impact on you. I think that is the beauty about Ryan's journey. Yes, he took risks and failed at some but he learned so much about himself. Like how motivating and personable he is. I feel like this is exactly why he will change lives and make an impact because he did the work himself. He didn't just give people a list of how to change their lives, he made a list that came from hard work and failure that ultimately led to his success. I give Chasing Failure 5 stars. This is a fresh and personable self-help book that will resonate with so many people. His outlook on life will make people want to join him on the journey of chasing failure. What do you have to lose? Go out there and make something happen!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Rozier

    This book is wonderfully narrated by the author and one of the better personal growth books I’ve ever read! I love this audio because it mixes Ryan’s own stories, and gives both micro and macro steps, advice, and examples on how we can deliberately chase failure to achieve a dream. The audio also has bonus content after every chapter that Ryan answers that have been asked by advanced readers. I think what really made me think was when Ryan asks at the beginning of the book, “What would you do if y This book is wonderfully narrated by the author and one of the better personal growth books I’ve ever read! I love this audio because it mixes Ryan’s own stories, and gives both micro and macro steps, advice, and examples on how we can deliberately chase failure to achieve a dream. The audio also has bonus content after every chapter that Ryan answers that have been asked by advanced readers. I think what really made me think was when Ryan asks at the beginning of the book, “What would you do if you knew you couldnt’t fail?” This statement really made me think as my chapter in life will change in a year from now as I will be an empty nester and will live most of the year in Illinois instead of Florida where I’ve lived for over 20 years. I will be 54 years old, starting over trying to find a new tribe of people, and I’ll have to get a different job or figure out what to do with my time. I’ve already listened to this book twice. The first to listen and absorb, the second time to take notes. I feel confident that I will be listening to this book many more times over the course of the next year or two. I’ve also purchased the book for my husband.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    Chasing Failure is by far one of the best books I have read in the personal and professional development space (and I have read more than I care to count!) Ryan's take on how instead we should be running unabashedly towards failure instead of success is such a profound mindset shift. So many authors write messages around failure and how "if we fail, we actually learn" which is true, but it’s not the whole picture. The either “we win or we learn” Maxwellian principle, although true, misses the mo Chasing Failure is by far one of the best books I have read in the personal and professional development space (and I have read more than I care to count!) Ryan's take on how instead we should be running unabashedly towards failure instead of success is such a profound mindset shift. So many authors write messages around failure and how "if we fail, we actually learn" which is true, but it’s not the whole picture. The either “we win or we learn” Maxwellian principle, although true, misses the motivational and relevant piece of how we actually should instead AIM for failure, not just believe in the by-product of the knowledge gained. Chasing failure is a way to break free of perfection-seeking, which paralyzes so many to take any action to build towards the life they want. The relatable stories Ryan tells, his intentional communication strategies, and his obvious love of people is palpable in the pages of his book. Do yourself a favor and stop reading this review and go buy the book! You won’t regret it!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Runwright

    The message of this book is to embrace failure because missteps teach us how to overcome fear. It’s a simple theme but feels elevated in this book as Leak’s writing is really engaging and he has some great personal stories that make this a fun but also very inspiring read. I loved reading about how he tried out for a NBA team at a time when it’s pretty much if you haven’t been scouted and recruited, you have no shot. But I also love that he gives these practical take-aways at the end of each cha The message of this book is to embrace failure because missteps teach us how to overcome fear. It’s a simple theme but feels elevated in this book as Leak’s writing is really engaging and he has some great personal stories that make this a fun but also very inspiring read. I loved reading about how he tried out for a NBA team at a time when it’s pretty much if you haven’t been scouted and recruited, you have no shot. But I also love that he gives these practical take-aways at the end of each chapter so you can not just be entertained by his failures but be inspired to go try and fail until you try and succeed for yourself. I get a lot of these “types of books” from publishers but this is one of the few that I want to keep and reread when I need a dose of inspiration. Note: I received a free copy from Thomas Nelson Publishers via TLC Book Tours.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Westy5

    I loved this book! It was helpful and entertaining. The author gave very specific ideas for encouraging one to pursue their dreams. He encourages the reader to act. Loved the key take aways! I would highly recommend this for anyone who is hesitant to go for it! Really it is a good read for anyone. I'm 73, but still believe I have value and can offer something to this world. I loved this book! It was helpful and entertaining. The author gave very specific ideas for encouraging one to pursue their dreams. He encourages the reader to act. Loved the key take aways! I would highly recommend this for anyone who is hesitant to go for it! Really it is a good read for anyone. I'm 73, but still believe I have value and can offer something to this world.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lacey Frazier

    One of the most poorly written books I’ve ever read. I also felt like his experiences of failure or antidotes were artificial. Read like a book written by someone who has never actually had a real failure. Full of cliches on every page.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Steven

    With an easy going and highly readable style, Ryan Leak made me rethink failure. This is a great book. Highly recommended

  11. 5 out of 5

    Melisha

    I loved this! I will definitely come back to this book at least once a year.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Addison Mingo

    I really liked it. It shows you how to have success through failure.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

  14. 4 out of 5

    Tamala Love Everett

  15. 4 out of 5

    John Alexander

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    Sheri

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sharol Caw

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tim Johnson

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    Nikki

  20. 4 out of 5

    Philip Bryan

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mallorie

  22. 4 out of 5

    Dawn Kanis

  23. 5 out of 5

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  24. 4 out of 5

    Farah Ain

  25. 5 out of 5

    Micaela Vallejo

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    Ben

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  28. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Grant

  29. 4 out of 5

    Erika Lindqvist

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    Gena Wessel

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