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Thursday, January 21, 2021

Failosophy (a handbook for when things go wrong)



Introduction (p. 1)

What Is Failure? (p. 13)

“Mistakes are, after all, the foundations of truth and if a man does not know what a thing is, it is at least an increase in knowledge if he knows what is not” (Carl Jungs, Psychoanalyst)


The seven Failure Principles (p. 19)


“You don’t have to the best, just try your best” Mabel, Pop star


“The difference between hope and despair is a different way of relling a story from the same facts” Alain De Botton, Philosopher


Book title                    : Failosophy (a handbook for when things fo wrong)

Author                         : Elizabeth Day

Publisher                     : Great Britain, 4 th Estate

Thick                            : 148 pages

Price                            : £ 10 (Rp. 184.000,-) 

Reviewer                     : Irwan Haryono Sirait, S.Fil.I
store                            : Periplus

1. Failure just is (p. 21)

“The fact of worrying about whether it’s all going wrong is pointless. What is should be about is just thinking, “Well, all I can do is the best I can do, in the way I think is the best way, and we’ll see what happens at the end”…


Failure is part of the process of getting where you need to be”

- Andy Mcnab, Author and Former Sas Soldier-


2. You are not your worst thoughts (p. 31)

“I think every human being has the inalienable right to live and decide what rules work for them” -James Frey, Author-


3. Almost everyone feels they’ve failed at their twenties (p. 43)

“I failed many times, massively, in my twenties. Constantly” -Samin Nosrat, Television Chef-


“Your twenties is about finding your identity and finding out who you are. For me, I had no clue who I was really. I thought I did. I thought I knew everything about me, but I knew nothing” -Jamie Laing, Entrepreneur and Reality TV Star-


4. break-ups are not a tragedy (p. 57)

“Let everything happen to you Beauty and terror Just keep going No feeling is final” -Rainer Maria Rilke, Poet-


5. Failure is data acquisition (p. 67)

“Thought failure, if you’re honest and you see where you’ve failed, how you’ve failed, then every time you get a bit stronger” -Gina Miller, Campaigner-


6. There is no such thing as a future you (p. 77)

“It’s nice to have plans, but even a plan C,D, and E sometimes doesn’t cover the unexpected. So being open to the opportunities that can come, and to roll with them, is really important” -Meera Syal, Actor, Comedian, Playwright and author-


7. Being open about our vulnerabilities is the source of true strength (p. 89)

“It’s OK to say that you’re not OK. And by doing that, it alleviates that pressure and you can actually be you a little bit more” -Dame Kelly Holmes, Olympic Gold Medallist-



Conclusion or What does failure teach you about success? (p. 119)


“Failure continuously teaches us who we are.

It is nothing to be scared of.

Failure has been the making of me.

It might just be the making of you too.”


‘Most failures can teach us something meaningful about ourselves if we choose to listen’


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