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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 achie 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.


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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 achie 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.

30 review for Lose Well

  1. 4 out of 5

    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. Unfortunately, the chapters seem to focus on just one or the other genres, making the book seem disjointed and unrelated at some points. Don’t get me wrong, the self-help portions are genuinely helpful and inspiring and the autobiographical chapters are funny and engaging, but it’s just trying to do a little too 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. Unfortunately, the chapters seem to focus on just one or the other genres, making the book seem disjointed and unrelated at some points. Don’t get me wrong, the self-help portions are genuinely helpful and inspiring and the autobiographical chapters are funny and engaging, but it’s just trying to do a little too much. You can really see the skeleton of a more cohesive book here. Also Gethard does need to rely a little less on the antiquated and disproven, neoliberal tenet that hard work will get anything done at any time by any one. We all know and understand the value of hard work, but putting so much emphasis on grinding tends to devalue the impact that other, uncontrollable factors have on folks’ lives. Whatever. It’s still a solid book, easy read, and truly fun! Definitely recommend to people who need an extra push to do something good and stupid.

  2. 4 out of 5

    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, who had some significant impact on Chris's life. I think the bonus interviews were a real treat, and it was interesting to hear other perspectives from people who shared certain experiences with him. I've seen some reviewers saying that The Chris Gethard Show got cancelled after this was written, so 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, who had some significant impact on Chris's life. I think the bonus interviews were a real treat, and it was interesting to hear other perspectives from people who shared certain experiences with him. I've seen some reviewers saying that The Chris Gethard Show got cancelled after this was written, so they think that is somehow retroactively sad, or that it changes the book in some way... Not true! The audiobook was recorded after he made the announcement that TCGS was over, and it's not a topic he shies away from at all. (And in my opinion, that announcement was far from tragic. It's an ending, so of course there is going to be sadness that comes with that, but he seemed - and seems, throughout this book - quite content with the outcome of things, the run of the show, and the experiences he got to have in doing it over the years.) He also mentioned that the audiobook was even recorded in the room where he announced he was ending the show. I look forward to following his career beyond TCGS.

  3. 4 out of 5

    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 hours of entertainment he’s provided me with. It’s a good book... I dig the sentiment. I guess I’d rather hear about his life than have him give me an inspirational speech though. So maybe I’ll just stick to his podcast and tv show... I DEFINITELY appreciated all his extra content on the audio version. More 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 hours of entertainment he’s provided me with. It’s a good book... I dig the sentiment. I guess I’d rather hear about his life than have him give me an inspirational speech though. So maybe I’ll just stick to his podcast and tv show... I DEFINITELY appreciated all his extra content on the audio version. More authors should do that! So......not mind-blowing, but worth reading if you like his work!

  4. 5 out of 5

    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 pursuing your dreams, even if they don't make sense to anyone but you.

  5. 5 out of 5

    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 way he sees the world!

  6. 4 out of 5

    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 listened to the audiobook, but plan on purchasing a hardcover as well. No spoilers- but the audiobook extra content is the absolute BEST. So glad I downloaded it. Thanks Chris for several hours of a good time.

  7. 5 out of 5

    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, I’m only familiar with him as musical-guest-Jeff-Rosenstock-host and author of the consistently funny A Bad Thing I’m About To Do. My stomach dipped a little upon quick realization that Lose Well would not be following the humorous essay format, but was a “self-help narrative.” I had just read Faili 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, I’m only familiar with him as musical-guest-Jeff-Rosenstock-host and author of the consistently funny A Bad Thing I’m About To Do. My stomach dipped a little upon quick realization that Lose Well would not be following the humorous essay format, but was a “self-help narrative.” I had just read Failing Up, which shared the same crux and I found a little lackluster – in short, I was burnt out on the theme of learning from your failures. At times more self-help than narrative, and other times vice versa, overall Gethard maintains a palatable mix of the two (especially to a reader who was only interested the narrative). Gethard knows his audience well (at one point suggesting the reader might be thinking, “I’m going to skip to the funny parts”). The encouragement is a bit on the . . . not jaded side, but tempered? Gethard is no Pollyanna, but recognizes the extent that attitude and motivation (and learning from failure) play in moving ahead. This is no “Keep trying and you’ll eventually get there!” This is “It’s statistically unlikely that you’ll, but even if you don’t, wouldn’t you rather faceplant in a blaze of glory?” For those who feel out of place in their small town / backwards community / dead end job, Gethard intersperses plenty of inspiring non-Gethard example figures into the text. From the Shaggs to street artists to friends who launched their dream careers late in life, Gethard gives plenty of counterexamples to the self-limiting ideas that you’re too old / too weird / too x to make a creative change in your life. While the book is as funny as A Bad Idea…, the stories are (unsurprisingly) spread out a bit and used to support the self-help advice. Gethard’s anecdotes are great – which can make it a little maddening when you have to read an extra two or three pages to get to them (…again, coming from someone not really receptive or interested in advice at the moment). Gethard’s fluid writing style makes it easy to find oneself immersed in the tales, whether it’s a long, winding journey to a great twist, or just a few simple paragraphs. (High points include Gethard’s early foray into theatre via Bye, Bye, Birdie; his investigations while employed by Weird New Jersey; and a family road trip interrupted by a nose-diving falcon.) Even though you already know that Gethard has found himself a degree of success, you still find yourself rooting for his character. He underscores the importance of hard work (as told through one of the funniest turns in the book, his pre-Y2k line job amid factory workers cum survivalists). It’s refreshing to write a book review where, when it gets to the shortcomings, you really need to dig deep. Somewhere in my psyche I feel I’m not writing a “balanced” review if I don’t include some shortcomings, so here’s my best attempt: *Was expecting a larger coup de grace in the Dusty story. Dusty seemed inept and inconsiderate, but didn’t quite come across as the complete “fuck scum” Gethard described him as. *Should include an activity sheet with a connect-the-dots or maze page. TLDR: Gethard’s humorous stories give an enjoyable arc to a self-help book that speaks to reluctant creatives and the atypical.

  8. 5 out of 5

    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 failure. For those of you who don’t know Gethard, a primer: he’s a comedian-improviser known for his call-in podcast Beautiful/Anonymous, a HBO comedy special called Career Suicide, and one of the zaniest variety shows to ever be produced, the recently canceled Chris Gethard Show. Perhaps the best way 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 failure. For those of you who don’t know Gethard, a primer: he’s a comedian-improviser known for his call-in podcast Beautiful/Anonymous, a HBO comedy special called Career Suicide, and one of the zaniest variety shows to ever be produced, the recently canceled Chris Gethard Show. Perhaps the best way to crystalize this book is to focus on the latter of the three—a beloved cult show that went from public access to small channel cable to national cable only to get canceled by the suits. You see, Gethard reps the underground unapologetically. He’s had some mainstream success, landed his own sitcom, been the number one podcast in the country, performed before crowds of thousands. But he’s not a household name. Not an A-List Celebrity. Maybe not even B-List. In fact, he proudly identifies as a loser. So what advice does he have to offer to anyone when he hasn’t rocketed to fame and fortune himself? Frankly, a lot. Gethard’s career is about integrity and hard work. And those things, along with a lot of luck, are the difference between success and failure. No one can teach you about being lucky. But if anyone can teach you about hard work and resilience, it’s Gethard. The first part of this book focuses on breaking down the stigma of failure. It’s not unlike some of the things you’ll read from serial entrepreneurs—failure is a way of finding out what doesn’t succeed. Those who can stomach failure can find the recipe for success, so long as they have the time and energy to do it. In this regard, the book doesn’t tread new ground, though its familiar platitudes are offered in the language of DIY outsiders. Where it really delivers is on Gethard’s frank recounting of his own personal failures and how they reoriented him to his current success, as well as his confrontation of the paralyzing fear that stemmed from an inability to honestly commit to his dreams. This advice for creators is from someone who’s lived the life, in the trenches, toiling in obscurity, making his break instead of waiting for the impossible. And that’s where Lose Well resonates, particularly for me and this channel where I review things for single digit views with my cat as a prop for an audience of ten subscribers. If you were to ask me honestly why I do this, I don’t think I could articulate it well. It probably boils down to some version of I have some things to say, my cat is cute, and this is an outlet for those two things. It’s not done for a zillion views or ad monetization or to propel me to some career as a book reviewer. I make these videos because I think they should exist their its own right. And this book is a love letter for folks who do what they do for the same reason, whether they have found success or not. It provides solace for when we inevitably fail, because failure is part and parcel of success. It provides support for the weird things, because weird things are signal, not noise. It encourages us to do what we dream, because while stalling protects us from the vulnerability of trying, it is also succumbing to failure without any risk of success. Most importantly, this book is permission to not apologize for having dreams. Rated 4 stars and 9 rubs.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Taylor Johnson

    It’s a slow start with the first few essays not really giving that great of a first impression but as you get further into it, MAN, Gethard’s passion really shines through. I want all my friends who are pursuing creative work to read this because it will light a fire. A lot of the time when someone stands up and says “look at what I’ve been able to accomplish! Look at what I’ve done!” I get turned off but Gethard is so self deprecating and so honest about the lowest lows he went through, when yo It’s a slow start with the first few essays not really giving that great of a first impression but as you get further into it, MAN, Gethard’s passion really shines through. I want all my friends who are pursuing creative work to read this because it will light a fire. A lot of the time when someone stands up and says “look at what I’ve been able to accomplish! Look at what I’ve done!” I get turned off but Gethard is so self deprecating and so honest about the lowest lows he went through, when you finally get to the accomplishments you’re rooting for him. You see how insane it is that he succeeded after all. There are few chapters I’m sure I’ll return to throughout the year when I’m feeling down and wanting to give up. Really enjoyed it.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Katie Palazzolo

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 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 book, so if you're a big fan of Chris you'll love the book. It was a little cliche for me, but Chris kinda owns up to that and still fills it with inspiring stories and advice to push you forward and make him that much more relatable. Definitely worth checking out. Sad to hear that The Chris Gethard S 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 book, so if you're a big fan of Chris you'll love the book. It was a little cliche for me, but Chris kinda owns up to that and still fills it with inspiring stories and advice to push you forward and make him that much more relatable. Definitely worth checking out. Sad to hear that The Chris Gethard Show got cancelled, so I have a feeling there will be changes from the ARC I read.

  11. 4 out of 5

    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 beauty can come from it. By confronting the fear and taking risks, you can lead an enriched life that produces personally valuable stories and connections. By not letting losing (or the fear thereof) overwhelm you, you can give yourself the opportunity to lose your way up. Sure, that sounds very tri 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 beauty can come from it. By confronting the fear and taking risks, you can lead an enriched life that produces personally valuable stories and connections. By not letting losing (or the fear thereof) overwhelm you, you can give yourself the opportunity to lose your way up. Sure, that sounds very trite — the sort of thing you roll your eyes at because it’s easier said than done — but Chris Gethard has a way of transforming would-be bullshit self-help spiel into down-to-earth, hilarious inspiration. He’s not some overly-tanned charlatan in a suit, but rather some plucky weird kid who somehow made it and wants to stick it to the suits by giving other outsiders motivation to fumble their way in. He’s telling you his story that you go onto create your own. 5/5

  12. 5 out of 5

    Dan

    Listened to the audiobook of this one, which I'm glad I did. After the book there were some good interviews with some of the folks mentioned in the text. It gave some good context and addressed the fact that The Chris Gethard Show got canceled between the writing of the book and the recording of the audiobook. I'm a big fan of that show and Gethard in general. His Career Suicide is one of the best standup specials to my mind. I enjoyed the memoirish bits of this more than the motivational bits, Listened to the audiobook of this one, which I'm glad I did. After the book there were some good interviews with some of the folks mentioned in the text. It gave some good context and addressed the fact that The Chris Gethard Show got canceled between the writing of the book and the recording of the audiobook. I'm a big fan of that show and Gethard in general. His Career Suicide is one of the best standup specials to my mind. I enjoyed the memoirish bits of this more than the motivational bits, but it is pretty good overall!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    I got this book at one of Chris Gethard’s stand-up shows and didn’t quite know what to expect. This is a mix of comedy writing and self-help motivation, which was interesting. I had quite a few laugh-out-loud moments, but more reflective and heartwarming moments. His heart really comes through in his writing and made me feel like I was getting to know the real CG. He seems like a genuine, kind, and humble person. I recommend this book and his stand-up!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Berwin

    as a fan of Beautiful Anonymous from the very first episode, listening from my part time job in college to kill time and during my summer walks in middle of nowhere Provo one summer, Chris tells me more about his own journey of failures and how being able to fail is what makes us human. his failures in all sorts and sizes are what pushes him to be a better person each day and reading about each story makes me think about all the risks I haven't taken

  15. 5 out of 5

    Andy Winder

    By far the best self-help book I've read, especially for creative types who are trying to figure themselves and their career out. I mostly bought this book because Beautiful/Anonymous is one of my favorite podcasts but this book was really well-done. The balance between advice and personal stories especially made it enjoyable and hilarious in a purposeful way.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mark Walz

    An excellent, earnest, honest and funny read! So glad to have it at my first read book of 2019. Chris Gethard is thought-provoking, extremely relatable, hilarious, and super encouraging too. He gives some non-traditional, reverse-psychology type advice and shares a lot of personal stories and insights from throughout his life and career. Very moving and funny and inspiring read!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Brian Anderson

    I’m a huge Gethard fan and placed this book on hold before the library even had a copy. Overall I thought it was a good effort at a “motivational/inspirational” book. It was obvious the publishers were trying to make it longer- lots of 2 page chapters. If he would have concentrated on specific experiences and the lessons learned, it would have been a much better book.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mike Kostka

    This book helped me in so many ways. When your trying to get what you want in life keep chipping away until you get it. It’s never too late. “I regret some of the things I’ve done, but I will never regret the things I haven’t done. Because anything I’ve wanted to try, I’ve tried it. I failed often. I failed proudly. I lost well.”

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ryan

    I'm over the whole Silicon Valley "fail better" stuff but I gave this a shot because I love Gethard. Earnest, repetitive, cliche, and kinda what I needed today. I think it works best if you have his voice in your head narrating and you are already invested in at least some other facet of his career. Best DIY self help book I know of

  20. 5 out of 5

    Matt Ockmond

    A book for frustrated artists and/or fans of Geth. Lots of funny stories. The audiobook has over 2 hours of bonus interviews with people referred to throughout the book making it the absolute best way to read this book.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Tiago

    Good book that makes you realize how to deal with what you want to do compared to what you’re doing now. Gethard really dives into his blue collar work ethic to see how it informs the hard behind his comedy projects.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Roger Bailey

    The self help angle falls flat sometimes, but Gethard has made a career of going all out; missing the mark comes along with that risk. At its heart there are good stories. If you didn't read his first book do that first.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Blake Shafer

    Love Gethard but just couldn't get into this book. Has some funny stories but the self help bits just didn't resonate with me and it probably just has to do with where I'm at in life. Still would recommend to someone someone feels like they are in a rut or need a kick in the ass to pursue a dream.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Griffin

    This book is really meant for people just starting their careers but still has a positive message for others. I enjoyed hearing about Gethard’s hijinks.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ta0paipai

    A fun read thanks to the friendly, honest tone. The personal anecdotes kept me reading. But the advice is repetitive. Repeatedly repetitive. Repetitive.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Justin

    An entertaining look at failure and how to thrive with it. Not as deep as I'd like

  27. 5 out of 5

    Michele Isabel

    I love the messages in Lose Well, but I'm realizing self help isn't really my jam.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kate Wedemeyer

    we as humans can always use another earnest depiction of anxiety & depression. an earnest love letter to punk, diy & owning your weirdness.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Steve Clark

    Wonderful mix of memoir and inspiration. Very funny and very poignant.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Brianne

    Entertaining but made me question my lack of a personal dream

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