• Fail, Fail Again, Fail Better

  • Wise Advice for Leaning into the Unknown
  • By: Pema Chödrön
  • Narrated by: Pema Chödrön
  • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 09-01-15
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Sounds True
  • 4.6 (649 ratings)

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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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By BARBARA J NELSON on 01-22-16

The perfect listen at the perfect time!

As I listened to this piece I was driving to & from physical therapy for a high ankle sprain I suffered just before Christmas. This was my second Christmas without my dearly beloved husband of 45 years, who died of lung cancer on April 23rd, 2014. On January 7th, my employer of 15 years phoned to say that my position was being eliminated effective next Monday. I am now a 70 year old soon to be unemployed exercise specialist and Pilates teacher. Listening to Pema Chdron's excellent commencement address buoyed me up and prepared me to catch the next wave. Thank you so much for this humorous and inspiring listen.

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By Michelle Y Talbert on 09-03-15

Amazing content unfortunate sound

Pens has an amazing way of sharing lessons. This was a great listen...however at times the lack of pop filter for the interviewer made the whistling S's actually painful to my ears.

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By brendan mc cann on 05-18-17

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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By kjzee on 10-29-15

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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