Personal Development

How to Fail at Life

Personal Development

The Saga of an American Family


Mark Aspelin

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The secrets to a happy and fulfilling life … taught by those who blew it

As the late, great, success guru Jim Rohn lamented, “It’s too bad failures don’t give seminars. Wouldn’t that be valuable? If you meet a guy who has messed up his life for forty years, you’ve just got to say, ‘John, if I bring my journal and promise to take good notes, would you spend a day with me?’”

Well, Jim, your wish has come true. Author Mark Aspelin has demonstrated exceptional skill by messing up in nearly all of the important areas of life: relationships, money, health, education, career … and the list goes on.

Mark wrote this book for his son, as a fun way to pass on the most important lessons of life, just in case Mark gets hit by the proverbial beer truck. You won’t find any fancy buzzwords or “secret formulas” that are guaranteed to give you fame, fortune, enlightenment, and six-pack abs in 30 days without leaving your couch. Mark has poured through a bazillion books in the personal development space and has distilled the best of the best success principles into this fun, easy-to-read book.

There really is a right way and a wrong way to fail in life. For the few key areas that you want to develop and master, failure is something to be actively pursued and celebrated. It may sound strange, but when you fail fast and fail big in those few key areas, you’ll shorten the time it takes to accomplish your definition of success.

For the other areas of your life, the right way to fail is to let others do it for you. Staggering amounts of time and suffering can be avoided by learning from the mistakes of others. When it comes to failure, it’s usually better to watch the movie than be a character in it. Rest assured, you’ll still have plenty of opportunities to fail, but you might as well narrow down the list so you’ll fail “smart” and stay on the fast track to success.

This one’s for you, Jim Rohn. Mark is happy to spend a day with you to show how failure is really done.

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