Lose Well

Lose Well Review

A laugh-out-loud, kick-in-the-pants self-help narrative for anyone who ever felt like they didn’t fit in or couldn’t catch a break—comedian and cult hero Chris Gethard shows us how to get over our fear of failure and start living life on our own terms.

Let’s face it: we all want a seat at the cool table, a great job, and loads of money. But most of us won’t be able to achieve this widely accepted, black-or-white, definition of winning, which makes us feel like failures, that we’re destined to a life of loserdom. That’s the conventional wisdom. It’s also crap, according to comedian and cult hero Chris Gethard, who knows a thing of two about losing. Failing is an art form, he argues; in fact, it’s the only the way we’re ever going to discover who we are, what we really want, and how to live the kind of life we only dreamed about.

Setting flame to vision boards and tossing out the "seven simple steps" to achieving anything, the host of the eponymous Trutv talk show and the wildly popular podcast Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People illustrates his personal and professional manifesto with hilarious and ultimately empowering stories about his own set-backs, missteps, and public failures, from the cancellation of his Comedy Central sitcom after seven episodes to rediscovering his comedic voice and life’s purpose on a public access channel.

With his trademark wit and inspiring storytelling—a cross between David Sedaris and Jenny Lawson—Gethard teaches us how to power through our own hero’s journey, whether we’re a fifteen-year-old starting a punk band or a fifty-year-old mother of three launching an Etsy page. In the process, he shows us how to fail with grace, laugh on the way down, and as we dust ourselves off, how to transform inevitable failures into endless opportunities. It might get a little messy, but that’s exactly the point. Because the first step in living on your own terms is learning how to lose well, and more often than not, the revolutionary act of failing lets us witness firsthand what awaits us on the other side.

Title:Lose Well
Edition Language:English

    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Ella

    I got a copy of the audiobook, which surprisingly included a whole 2 hours and 32 minutes of bonus content! After the book there were a bunch of interviews with people who were mentioned in the book, ...

  • Colly J

    It’s honestly probably just a 3-star book, but I find Gethard just so damn charming that it earns the book another star. This books teeters between self-help and autobiographical humor. Unfortunatel...

  • Kye

    3.5 stars. I really wasn’t looking for an inspirational book (and didn’t realize that’s what the book was when I bought it), I just wanted to support Chris Gethard as a small payment for the hou...

  • Gena Radcliffe

    About 30% humblebrag, 70% useful. I think I would have gotten more out of it if I shared Gethard's rather liberal definition of "failure," but overall it was an encouraging, warm and funny book about ...

  • Todd Vanderwerff

    Had Gethard on the podcast, and it was a ton of fun. As such, I read this book before doing so. It's the sort of thing I needed more at 19 than I do in my 30s, but I still got great insights into the ...

  • Kat

    Chris Gethard is probably one of the coolest and most original human beings alive. This book, while being a “self help” book is also part memoir, and made me laugh SO hard numerous times. I listen...

  • Bethany

    I received a complimentary advance copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. While Gethard is known for The Chris Gethard Show and the Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People podcast, ...

  • Ruby  Reviews Books

    winning by losing what you don't want (or need)A sort of self-help love letter to weirdos with nascent creative ambitions, this book is a blend of advice, anecdote, and a philosophy of productive fai...

  • Katie Palazzolo

    A 3 for me, but I think it would be higher for fans of Chris Gethard. I enjoy his stand-up but don't follow much of his other projects. A friend of mine is really into him and I know he will love the ...

  • Odi Shonga

    A blend of self-help and memoir for outsiders with lofty ambitions. Thesis: you will lose and you will suffer. It will not be fun, and it might not even necessarily lead to quote-unquote success. But ...