Lose Well

Lose Well

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 ...

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Title:Lose Well
Author:Chris Gethard
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Genres:Autobiography
ISBN:Lose Well
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:256 pages pages

Lose Well Reviews

  • Joe
    Jan 23, 2019

    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 di...

    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 r...

    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 senti...

    An excellent read for fans of Gethard's comedy, his popular Beautiful Anonymous podcast, and writers/creative-types of all stripes. As far as entertainers go, Gethard is as genuine as they come. His advice is also sound; he has a gift for inspiring and motivating others without ever be...

    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. ...

    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! ...

    When I learned that Geth narrated his own book, the audiobook version was the only option for me. To hear his words in his own voice with candor and inflection, felt more like a conversation with a trusted old friend. I?ve read a few ?self help? books, but in all honesty, this on...

    This book was not meant for me, at least not at my current state in life: content working by day and cooking dinner with my partner at night. Despite that, every story was so enjoyable, and each chapter had a nugget of wisdom I wanted to save. Even when I felt the book was starting to ...

    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 ...

    While I am probably not the target audience, which I suspect is under 50, I still found this book entertaining and inspirational. ...

    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 t...

    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-impro...

    Pre-ordered this book back when Chris Gethard (pronounced Ge-thard, not Get-hard) emailed his newsletter list about it. I've been a fan of Gethard ever since I started taking improv classes at Upright Citizens Brigade in NYC. I've seen his improv many times, his stand up once, and even...

    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 ...

    This book surprised me. I am a fan of Chris Gethard when I started listening to his podcast about 2 years ago. I find him relatable because I am 31 and from West Caldwell, New Jersey and I finally found someone who had the same experiences growing up in such a weird and wonderful place...

    This is mostly a self-help book, which I didn't realize when I picked it up. There are some humorous stories and a really good chapter on punk rock, but I found a lot of the advice somewhat "high level" and I'm not sure how most of us would apply it to our daily lives. Perhaps if you'r...

    Almost anything I read about advice for making art has a motivational effect on me, but this book is more than that. Chris lays out a philosophy of creative life that is truly original and enlightening, and couches it a deep dive of the various unpredictable chapters of his own life st...

    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 ...

    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 enr...

    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 re...

    I love Geth. And although I didn?t initially love the ?self help? framework as much - which early on felt like a few too many repetitions of the same basic premise - I was won over by the stories here. And by the same DIY, community-centric passion and spirit that keeps me rootin...

  • James
    Mar 05, 2019

    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 di...

    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 r...

    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 senti...

    An excellent read for fans of Gethard's comedy, his popular Beautiful Anonymous podcast, and writers/creative-types of all stripes. As far as entertainers go, Gethard is as genuine as they come. His advice is also sound; he has a gift for inspiring and motivating others without ever be...

    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. ...

    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! ...

    When I learned that Geth narrated his own book, the audiobook version was the only option for me. To hear his words in his own voice with candor and inflection, felt more like a conversation with a trusted old friend. I?ve read a few ?self help? books, but in all honesty, this on...

    This book was not meant for me, at least not at my current state in life: content working by day and cooking dinner with my partner at night. Despite that, every story was so enjoyable, and each chapter had a nugget of wisdom I wanted to save. Even when I felt the book was starting to ...

    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 ...

    While I am probably not the target audience, which I suspect is under 50, I still found this book entertaining and inspirational. ...

    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 t...

    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-impro...

    Pre-ordered this book back when Chris Gethard (pronounced Ge-thard, not Get-hard) emailed his newsletter list about it. I've been a fan of Gethard ever since I started taking improv classes at Upright Citizens Brigade in NYC. I've seen his improv many times, his stand up once, and even...

    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 ...

    This book surprised me. I am a fan of Chris Gethard when I started listening to his podcast about 2 years ago. I find him relatable because I am 31 and from West Caldwell, New Jersey and I finally found someone who had the same experiences growing up in such a weird and wonderful place...

    This is mostly a self-help book, which I didn't realize when I picked it up. There are some humorous stories and a really good chapter on punk rock, but I found a lot of the advice somewhat "high level" and I'm not sure how most of us would apply it to our daily lives. Perhaps if you'r...

    Almost anything I read about advice for making art has a motivational effect on me, but this book is more than that. Chris lays out a philosophy of creative life that is truly original and enlightening, and couches it a deep dive of the various unpredictable chapters of his own life st...

    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 ...

    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 enr...

    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 re...

    I love Geth. And although I didn?t initially love the ?self help? framework as much - which early on felt like a few too many repetitions of the same basic premise - I was won over by the stories here. And by the same DIY, community-centric passion and spirit that keeps me rootin...

    Equal parts memoir and guidebook for aspiring creatives, Gethard brings his trademark humor, passion, and perspective to bear in a book that offers inspiration and actionable advice without feeling overbearing, unrealistic, or new-agey. A must-read for fans of his work, anyone who want...

    I read another review that said "It?s honestly probably just a 3-star book, but I find Gethard just so damn charming that it earns the book another star" and YES that's right. Also, Gethard is very, very earnest. Some people just are trying to build a brand when they write a book lik...

    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 c...

    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...

    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 pers...

    Maybe 3.5 stars. 3 stars for the content, and extra .5 because Gethard is really funny and charming! I wasn't familiar with him before reading this book, but now I intend to check out some of his work. This was a hybrid of memoir and self-help, and if I'm being honest, I enjoyed the me...

    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 stor...

    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 concentrat...

    A self-help book mixed with some recollections from the career of cult comedian Gethard. He may not be the best known or most successful (by whatever terms you choose), but he has achieved a kind of success and stardom largely on his own terms. His advice, as the title suggests, is unc...

  • Dan
    Oct 28, 2018

    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 di...

    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 r...

    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 senti...

    An excellent read for fans of Gethard's comedy, his popular Beautiful Anonymous podcast, and writers/creative-types of all stripes. As far as entertainers go, Gethard is as genuine as they come. His advice is also sound; he has a gift for inspiring and motivating others without ever be...

    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. ...

    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! ...

    When I learned that Geth narrated his own book, the audiobook version was the only option for me. To hear his words in his own voice with candor and inflection, felt more like a conversation with a trusted old friend. I?ve read a few ?self help? books, but in all honesty, this on...

    This book was not meant for me, at least not at my current state in life: content working by day and cooking dinner with my partner at night. Despite that, every story was so enjoyable, and each chapter had a nugget of wisdom I wanted to save. Even when I felt the book was starting to ...

    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 ...

    While I am probably not the target audience, which I suspect is under 50, I still found this book entertaining and inspirational. ...

    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 t...

    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-impro...

    Pre-ordered this book back when Chris Gethard (pronounced Ge-thard, not Get-hard) emailed his newsletter list about it. I've been a fan of Gethard ever since I started taking improv classes at Upright Citizens Brigade in NYC. I've seen his improv many times, his stand up once, and even...

    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 ...

    This book surprised me. I am a fan of Chris Gethard when I started listening to his podcast about 2 years ago. I find him relatable because I am 31 and from West Caldwell, New Jersey and I finally found someone who had the same experiences growing up in such a weird and wonderful place...

    This is mostly a self-help book, which I didn't realize when I picked it up. There are some humorous stories and a really good chapter on punk rock, but I found a lot of the advice somewhat "high level" and I'm not sure how most of us would apply it to our daily lives. Perhaps if you'r...

    Almost anything I read about advice for making art has a motivational effect on me, but this book is more than that. Chris lays out a philosophy of creative life that is truly original and enlightening, and couches it a deep dive of the various unpredictable chapters of his own life st...

    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 ...

    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 enr...

    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 re...

  • Pat
    Apr 01, 2019

    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 di...

    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 r...

    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 senti...

    An excellent read for fans of Gethard's comedy, his popular Beautiful Anonymous podcast, and writers/creative-types of all stripes. As far as entertainers go, Gethard is as genuine as they come. His advice is also sound; he has a gift for inspiring and motivating others without ever be...

    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. ...

    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! ...

    When I learned that Geth narrated his own book, the audiobook version was the only option for me. To hear his words in his own voice with candor and inflection, felt more like a conversation with a trusted old friend. I?ve read a few ?self help? books, but in all honesty, this on...

    This book was not meant for me, at least not at my current state in life: content working by day and cooking dinner with my partner at night. Despite that, every story was so enjoyable, and each chapter had a nugget of wisdom I wanted to save. Even when I felt the book was starting to ...

    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 ...

    While I am probably not the target audience, which I suspect is under 50, I still found this book entertaining and inspirational. ...

  • Layne
    Apr 03, 2019

    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 di...

    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 r...

    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 senti...

    An excellent read for fans of Gethard's comedy, his popular Beautiful Anonymous podcast, and writers/creative-types of all stripes. As far as entertainers go, Gethard is as genuine as they come. His advice is also sound; he has a gift for inspiring and motivating others without ever be...

    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. ...

    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! ...

    When I learned that Geth narrated his own book, the audiobook version was the only option for me. To hear his words in his own voice with candor and inflection, felt more like a conversation with a trusted old friend. I?ve read a few ?self help? books, but in all honesty, this on...

  • Gena Radcliffe
    Nov 08, 2018

    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 di...

    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 r...

    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 senti...

    An excellent read for fans of Gethard's comedy, his popular Beautiful Anonymous podcast, and writers/creative-types of all stripes. As far as entertainers go, Gethard is as genuine as they come. His advice is also sound; he has a gift for inspiring and motivating others without ever be...

    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. ...

  • Diana
    Jan 20, 2019

    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 di...

    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 r...

    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 senti...

    An excellent read for fans of Gethard's comedy, his popular Beautiful Anonymous podcast, and writers/creative-types of all stripes. As far as entertainers go, Gethard is as genuine as they come. His advice is also sound; he has a gift for inspiring and motivating others without ever be...

    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. ...

    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! ...

    When I learned that Geth narrated his own book, the audiobook version was the only option for me. To hear his words in his own voice with candor and inflection, felt more like a conversation with a trusted old friend. I?ve read a few ?self help? books, but in all honesty, this on...

    This book was not meant for me, at least not at my current state in life: content working by day and cooking dinner with my partner at night. Despite that, every story was so enjoyable, and each chapter had a nugget of wisdom I wanted to save. Even when I felt the book was starting to ...

    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 ...

    While I am probably not the target audience, which I suspect is under 50, I still found this book entertaining and inspirational. ...

    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 t...

    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-impro...

    Pre-ordered this book back when Chris Gethard (pronounced Ge-thard, not Get-hard) emailed his newsletter list about it. I've been a fan of Gethard ever since I started taking improv classes at Upright Citizens Brigade in NYC. I've seen his improv many times, his stand up once, and even...

    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 ...

    This book surprised me. I am a fan of Chris Gethard when I started listening to his podcast about 2 years ago. I find him relatable because I am 31 and from West Caldwell, New Jersey and I finally found someone who had the same experiences growing up in such a weird and wonderful place...

    This is mostly a self-help book, which I didn't realize when I picked it up. There are some humorous stories and a really good chapter on punk rock, but I found a lot of the advice somewhat "high level" and I'm not sure how most of us would apply it to our daily lives. Perhaps if you'r...

    Almost anything I read about advice for making art has a motivational effect on me, but this book is more than that. Chris lays out a philosophy of creative life that is truly original and enlightening, and couches it a deep dive of the various unpredictable chapters of his own life st...

    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 ...

    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 enr...

    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 re...

    I love Geth. And although I didn?t initially love the ?self help? framework as much - which early on felt like a few too many repetitions of the same basic premise - I was won over by the stories here. And by the same DIY, community-centric passion and spirit that keeps me rootin...

    Equal parts memoir and guidebook for aspiring creatives, Gethard brings his trademark humor, passion, and perspective to bear in a book that offers inspiration and actionable advice without feeling overbearing, unrealistic, or new-agey. A must-read for fans of his work, anyone who want...

    I read another review that said "It?s honestly probably just a 3-star book, but I find Gethard just so damn charming that it earns the book another star" and YES that's right. Also, Gethard is very, very earnest. Some people just are trying to build a brand when they write a book lik...

    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 c...

    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...

    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 pers...

    Maybe 3.5 stars. 3 stars for the content, and extra .5 because Gethard is really funny and charming! I wasn't familiar with him before reading this book, but now I intend to check out some of his work. This was a hybrid of memoir and self-help, and if I'm being honest, I enjoyed the me...

  • Todd Vanderwerff
    Nov 18, 2018

    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 di...

    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 r...

    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 senti...

    An excellent read for fans of Gethard's comedy, his popular Beautiful Anonymous podcast, and writers/creative-types of all stripes. As far as entertainers go, Gethard is as genuine as they come. His advice is also sound; he has a gift for inspiring and motivating others without ever be...

    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. ...

    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! ...

  • Bethany
    May 15, 2018

    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 di...

    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 r...

    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 senti...

    An excellent read for fans of Gethard's comedy, his popular Beautiful Anonymous podcast, and writers/creative-types of all stripes. As far as entertainers go, Gethard is as genuine as they come. His advice is also sound; he has a gift for inspiring and motivating others without ever be...

    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. ...

    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! ...

    When I learned that Geth narrated his own book, the audiobook version was the only option for me. To hear his words in his own voice with candor and inflection, felt more like a conversation with a trusted old friend. I?ve read a few ?self help? books, but in all honesty, this on...

    This book was not meant for me, at least not at my current state in life: content working by day and cooking dinner with my partner at night. Despite that, every story was so enjoyable, and each chapter had a nugget of wisdom I wanted to save. Even when I felt the book was starting to ...

    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 ...

    While I am probably not the target audience, which I suspect is under 50, I still found this book entertaining and inspirational. ...

    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 t...

  • Kat
    Oct 20, 2018

    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 di...

    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 r...

    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 senti...

    An excellent read for fans of Gethard's comedy, his popular Beautiful Anonymous podcast, and writers/creative-types of all stripes. As far as entertainers go, Gethard is as genuine as they come. His advice is also sound; he has a gift for inspiring and motivating others without ever be...

    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. ...

    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! ...

    When I learned that Geth narrated his own book, the audiobook version was the only option for me. To hear his words in his own voice with candor and inflection, felt more like a conversation with a trusted old friend. I?ve read a few ?self help? books, but in all honesty, this on...

    This book was not meant for me, at least not at my current state in life: content working by day and cooking dinner with my partner at night. Despite that, every story was so enjoyable, and each chapter had a nugget of wisdom I wanted to save. Even when I felt the book was starting to ...

    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 ...

  • Victoria
    Mar 04, 2019

    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 di...

    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 r...

    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 senti...

    An excellent read for fans of Gethard's comedy, his popular Beautiful Anonymous podcast, and writers/creative-types of all stripes. As far as entertainers go, Gethard is as genuine as they come. His advice is also sound; he has a gift for inspiring and motivating others without ever be...

    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. ...

    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! ...

    When I learned that Geth narrated his own book, the audiobook version was the only option for me. To hear his words in his own voice with candor and inflection, felt more like a conversation with a trusted old friend. I?ve read a few ?self help? books, but in all honesty, this on...

    This book was not meant for me, at least not at my current state in life: content working by day and cooking dinner with my partner at night. Despite that, every story was so enjoyable, and each chapter had a nugget of wisdom I wanted to save. Even when I felt the book was starting to ...

  • Taylor Johnson
    Jan 09, 2019

    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 di...

    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 r...

    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 senti...

    An excellent read for fans of Gethard's comedy, his popular Beautiful Anonymous podcast, and writers/creative-types of all stripes. As far as entertainers go, Gethard is as genuine as they come. His advice is also sound; he has a gift for inspiring and motivating others without ever be...

    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. ...

    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! ...

    When I learned that Geth narrated his own book, the audiobook version was the only option for me. To hear his words in his own voice with candor and inflection, felt more like a conversation with a trusted old friend. I?ve read a few ?self help? books, but in all honesty, this on...

    This book was not meant for me, at least not at my current state in life: content working by day and cooking dinner with my partner at night. Despite that, every story was so enjoyable, and each chapter had a nugget of wisdom I wanted to save. Even when I felt the book was starting to ...

    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 ...

    While I am probably not the target audience, which I suspect is under 50, I still found this book entertaining and inspirational. ...

    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 t...

    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-impro...

    Pre-ordered this book back when Chris Gethard (pronounced Ge-thard, not Get-hard) emailed his newsletter list about it. I've been a fan of Gethard ever since I started taking improv classes at Upright Citizens Brigade in NYC. I've seen his improv many times, his stand up once, and even...

    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 ...

  • Rachel
    Nov 19, 2018

    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 di...

    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 r...

    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 senti...

    An excellent read for fans of Gethard's comedy, his popular Beautiful Anonymous podcast, and writers/creative-types of all stripes. As far as entertainers go, Gethard is as genuine as they come. His advice is also sound; he has a gift for inspiring and motivating others without ever be...

    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. ...

    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! ...

    When I learned that Geth narrated his own book, the audiobook version was the only option for me. To hear his words in his own voice with candor and inflection, felt more like a conversation with a trusted old friend. I?ve read a few ?self help? books, but in all honesty, this on...

    This book was not meant for me, at least not at my current state in life: content working by day and cooking dinner with my partner at night. Despite that, every story was so enjoyable, and each chapter had a nugget of wisdom I wanted to save. Even when I felt the book was starting to ...

    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 ...

    While I am probably not the target audience, which I suspect is under 50, I still found this book entertaining and inspirational. ...

    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 t...

    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-impro...

    Pre-ordered this book back when Chris Gethard (pronounced Ge-thard, not Get-hard) emailed his newsletter list about it. I've been a fan of Gethard ever since I started taking improv classes at Upright Citizens Brigade in NYC. I've seen his improv many times, his stand up once, and even...

    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 ...

    This book surprised me. I am a fan of Chris Gethard when I started listening to his podcast about 2 years ago. I find him relatable because I am 31 and from West Caldwell, New Jersey and I finally found someone who had the same experiences growing up in such a weird and wonderful place...

    This is mostly a self-help book, which I didn't realize when I picked it up. There are some humorous stories and a really good chapter on punk rock, but I found a lot of the advice somewhat "high level" and I'm not sure how most of us would apply it to our daily lives. Perhaps if you'r...

    Almost anything I read about advice for making art has a motivational effect on me, but this book is more than that. Chris lays out a philosophy of creative life that is truly original and enlightening, and couches it a deep dive of the various unpredictable chapters of his own life st...

    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 ...

    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 enr...

    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 re...

    I love Geth. And although I didn?t initially love the ?self help? framework as much - which early on felt like a few too many repetitions of the same basic premise - I was won over by the stories here. And by the same DIY, community-centric passion and spirit that keeps me rootin...

    Equal parts memoir and guidebook for aspiring creatives, Gethard brings his trademark humor, passion, and perspective to bear in a book that offers inspiration and actionable advice without feeling overbearing, unrealistic, or new-agey. A must-read for fans of his work, anyone who want...

    I read another review that said "It?s honestly probably just a 3-star book, but I find Gethard just so damn charming that it earns the book another star" and YES that's right. Also, Gethard is very, very earnest. Some people just are trying to build a brand when they write a book lik...

    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 c...

  • Keith Moser
    Apr 16, 2019

    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 di...

    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 r...

    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 senti...

    An excellent read for fans of Gethard's comedy, his popular Beautiful Anonymous podcast, and writers/creative-types of all stripes. As far as entertainers go, Gethard is as genuine as they come. His advice is also sound; he has a gift for inspiring and motivating others without ever be...

    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. ...

    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! ...

    When I learned that Geth narrated his own book, the audiobook version was the only option for me. To hear his words in his own voice with candor and inflection, felt more like a conversation with a trusted old friend. I?ve read a few ?self help? books, but in all honesty, this on...

    This book was not meant for me, at least not at my current state in life: content working by day and cooking dinner with my partner at night. Despite that, every story was so enjoyable, and each chapter had a nugget of wisdom I wanted to save. Even when I felt the book was starting to ...

    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 ...

    While I am probably not the target audience, which I suspect is under 50, I still found this book entertaining and inspirational. ...

    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 t...

    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-impro...

    Pre-ordered this book back when Chris Gethard (pronounced Ge-thard, not Get-hard) emailed his newsletter list about it. I've been a fan of Gethard ever since I started taking improv classes at Upright Citizens Brigade in NYC. I've seen his improv many times, his stand up once, and even...

  • Jason Seligson
    Jan 21, 2019

    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 di...

    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 r...

    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 senti...

    An excellent read for fans of Gethard's comedy, his popular Beautiful Anonymous podcast, and writers/creative-types of all stripes. As far as entertainers go, Gethard is as genuine as they come. His advice is also sound; he has a gift for inspiring and motivating others without ever be...

  • Carmella
    Mar 01, 2019

    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 di...

    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 r...

    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 senti...

    An excellent read for fans of Gethard's comedy, his popular Beautiful Anonymous podcast, and writers/creative-types of all stripes. As far as entertainers go, Gethard is as genuine as they come. His advice is also sound; he has a gift for inspiring and motivating others without ever be...

    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. ...

    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! ...

    When I learned that Geth narrated his own book, the audiobook version was the only option for me. To hear his words in his own voice with candor and inflection, felt more like a conversation with a trusted old friend. I?ve read a few ?self help? books, but in all honesty, this on...

    This book was not meant for me, at least not at my current state in life: content working by day and cooking dinner with my partner at night. Despite that, every story was so enjoyable, and each chapter had a nugget of wisdom I wanted to save. Even when I felt the book was starting to ...

    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 ...

    While I am probably not the target audience, which I suspect is under 50, I still found this book entertaining and inspirational. ...

    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 t...

    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-impro...

    Pre-ordered this book back when Chris Gethard (pronounced Ge-thard, not Get-hard) emailed his newsletter list about it. I've been a fan of Gethard ever since I started taking improv classes at Upright Citizens Brigade in NYC. I've seen his improv many times, his stand up once, and even...

    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 ...

    This book surprised me. I am a fan of Chris Gethard when I started listening to his podcast about 2 years ago. I find him relatable because I am 31 and from West Caldwell, New Jersey and I finally found someone who had the same experiences growing up in such a weird and wonderful place...

  • Brian Anderson
    Nov 05, 2018

    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 di...

    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 r...

    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 senti...

    An excellent read for fans of Gethard's comedy, his popular Beautiful Anonymous podcast, and writers/creative-types of all stripes. As far as entertainers go, Gethard is as genuine as they come. His advice is also sound; he has a gift for inspiring and motivating others without ever be...

    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. ...

    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! ...

    When I learned that Geth narrated his own book, the audiobook version was the only option for me. To hear his words in his own voice with candor and inflection, felt more like a conversation with a trusted old friend. I?ve read a few ?self help? books, but in all honesty, this on...

    This book was not meant for me, at least not at my current state in life: content working by day and cooking dinner with my partner at night. Despite that, every story was so enjoyable, and each chapter had a nugget of wisdom I wanted to save. Even when I felt the book was starting to ...

    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 ...

    While I am probably not the target audience, which I suspect is under 50, I still found this book entertaining and inspirational. ...

    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 t...

    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-impro...

    Pre-ordered this book back when Chris Gethard (pronounced Ge-thard, not Get-hard) emailed his newsletter list about it. I've been a fan of Gethard ever since I started taking improv classes at Upright Citizens Brigade in NYC. I've seen his improv many times, his stand up once, and even...

    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 ...

    This book surprised me. I am a fan of Chris Gethard when I started listening to his podcast about 2 years ago. I find him relatable because I am 31 and from West Caldwell, New Jersey and I finally found someone who had the same experiences growing up in such a weird and wonderful place...

    This is mostly a self-help book, which I didn't realize when I picked it up. There are some humorous stories and a really good chapter on punk rock, but I found a lot of the advice somewhat "high level" and I'm not sure how most of us would apply it to our daily lives. Perhaps if you'r...

    Almost anything I read about advice for making art has a motivational effect on me, but this book is more than that. Chris lays out a philosophy of creative life that is truly original and enlightening, and couches it a deep dive of the various unpredictable chapters of his own life st...

    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 ...

    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 enr...

    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 re...

    I love Geth. And although I didn?t initially love the ?self help? framework as much - which early on felt like a few too many repetitions of the same basic premise - I was won over by the stories here. And by the same DIY, community-centric passion and spirit that keeps me rootin...

    Equal parts memoir and guidebook for aspiring creatives, Gethard brings his trademark humor, passion, and perspective to bear in a book that offers inspiration and actionable advice without feeling overbearing, unrealistic, or new-agey. A must-read for fans of his work, anyone who want...

    I read another review that said "It?s honestly probably just a 3-star book, but I find Gethard just so damn charming that it earns the book another star" and YES that's right. Also, Gethard is very, very earnest. Some people just are trying to build a brand when they write a book lik...

    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 c...

    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...

    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 pers...

    Maybe 3.5 stars. 3 stars for the content, and extra .5 because Gethard is really funny and charming! I wasn't familiar with him before reading this book, but now I intend to check out some of his work. This was a hybrid of memoir and self-help, and if I'm being honest, I enjoyed the me...

    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 stor...

    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 concentrat...

  • Odi Shonga
    Oct 25, 2018

    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 di...

    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 r...

    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 senti...

    An excellent read for fans of Gethard's comedy, his popular Beautiful Anonymous podcast, and writers/creative-types of all stripes. As far as entertainers go, Gethard is as genuine as they come. His advice is also sound; he has a gift for inspiring and motivating others without ever be...

    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. ...

    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! ...

    When I learned that Geth narrated his own book, the audiobook version was the only option for me. To hear his words in his own voice with candor and inflection, felt more like a conversation with a trusted old friend. I?ve read a few ?self help? books, but in all honesty, this on...

    This book was not meant for me, at least not at my current state in life: content working by day and cooking dinner with my partner at night. Despite that, every story was so enjoyable, and each chapter had a nugget of wisdom I wanted to save. Even when I felt the book was starting to ...

    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 ...

    While I am probably not the target audience, which I suspect is under 50, I still found this book entertaining and inspirational. ...

    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 t...

    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-impro...

    Pre-ordered this book back when Chris Gethard (pronounced Ge-thard, not Get-hard) emailed his newsletter list about it. I've been a fan of Gethard ever since I started taking improv classes at Upright Citizens Brigade in NYC. I've seen his improv many times, his stand up once, and even...

    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 ...

    This book surprised me. I am a fan of Chris Gethard when I started listening to his podcast about 2 years ago. I find him relatable because I am 31 and from West Caldwell, New Jersey and I finally found someone who had the same experiences growing up in such a weird and wonderful place...

    This is mostly a self-help book, which I didn't realize when I picked it up. There are some humorous stories and a really good chapter on punk rock, but I found a lot of the advice somewhat "high level" and I'm not sure how most of us would apply it to our daily lives. Perhaps if you'r...

    Almost anything I read about advice for making art has a motivational effect on me, but this book is more than that. Chris lays out a philosophy of creative life that is truly original and enlightening, and couches it a deep dive of the various unpredictable chapters of his own life st...

    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 ...

    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 enr...

  • Susan Kemp
    Mar 24, 2019

    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 di...

    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 r...

    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 senti...

    An excellent read for fans of Gethard's comedy, his popular Beautiful Anonymous podcast, and writers/creative-types of all stripes. As far as entertainers go, Gethard is as genuine as they come. His advice is also sound; he has a gift for inspiring and motivating others without ever be...

    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. ...

    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! ...

    When I learned that Geth narrated his own book, the audiobook version was the only option for me. To hear his words in his own voice with candor and inflection, felt more like a conversation with a trusted old friend. I?ve read a few ?self help? books, but in all honesty, this on...

    This book was not meant for me, at least not at my current state in life: content working by day and cooking dinner with my partner at night. Despite that, every story was so enjoyable, and each chapter had a nugget of wisdom I wanted to save. Even when I felt the book was starting to ...

    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 ...

    While I am probably not the target audience, which I suspect is under 50, I still found this book entertaining and inspirational. ...

    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 t...

    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-impro...

    Pre-ordered this book back when Chris Gethard (pronounced Ge-thard, not Get-hard) emailed his newsletter list about it. I've been a fan of Gethard ever since I started taking improv classes at Upright Citizens Brigade in NYC. I've seen his improv many times, his stand up once, and even...

    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 ...

    This book surprised me. I am a fan of Chris Gethard when I started listening to his podcast about 2 years ago. I find him relatable because I am 31 and from West Caldwell, New Jersey and I finally found someone who had the same experiences growing up in such a weird and wonderful place...

    This is mostly a self-help book, which I didn't realize when I picked it up. There are some humorous stories and a really good chapter on punk rock, but I found a lot of the advice somewhat "high level" and I'm not sure how most of us would apply it to our daily lives. Perhaps if you'r...

    Almost anything I read about advice for making art has a motivational effect on me, but this book is more than that. Chris lays out a philosophy of creative life that is truly original and enlightening, and couches it a deep dive of the various unpredictable chapters of his own life st...

    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 ...

    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 enr...

    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 re...

    I love Geth. And although I didn?t initially love the ?self help? framework as much - which early on felt like a few too many repetitions of the same basic premise - I was won over by the stories here. And by the same DIY, community-centric passion and spirit that keeps me rootin...

    Equal parts memoir and guidebook for aspiring creatives, Gethard brings his trademark humor, passion, and perspective to bear in a book that offers inspiration and actionable advice without feeling overbearing, unrealistic, or new-agey. A must-read for fans of his work, anyone who want...

    I read another review that said "It?s honestly probably just a 3-star book, but I find Gethard just so damn charming that it earns the book another star" and YES that's right. Also, Gethard is very, very earnest. Some people just are trying to build a brand when they write a book lik...

  • Gabriella
    Oct 25, 2018

    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 di...

    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 r...

  • Sandy
    Oct 26, 2018

    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 di...

    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 r...

    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 senti...

  • Mark Walz
    Jan 02, 2019

    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 di...

    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 r...

    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 senti...

    An excellent read for fans of Gethard's comedy, his popular Beautiful Anonymous podcast, and writers/creative-types of all stripes. As far as entertainers go, Gethard is as genuine as they come. His advice is also sound; he has a gift for inspiring and motivating others without ever be...

    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. ...

    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! ...

    When I learned that Geth narrated his own book, the audiobook version was the only option for me. To hear his words in his own voice with candor and inflection, felt more like a conversation with a trusted old friend. I?ve read a few ?self help? books, but in all honesty, this on...

    This book was not meant for me, at least not at my current state in life: content working by day and cooking dinner with my partner at night. Despite that, every story was so enjoyable, and each chapter had a nugget of wisdom I wanted to save. Even when I felt the book was starting to ...

    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 ...

    While I am probably not the target audience, which I suspect is under 50, I still found this book entertaining and inspirational. ...

    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 t...

    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-impro...

    Pre-ordered this book back when Chris Gethard (pronounced Ge-thard, not Get-hard) emailed his newsletter list about it. I've been a fan of Gethard ever since I started taking improv classes at Upright Citizens Brigade in NYC. I've seen his improv many times, his stand up once, and even...

    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 ...

    This book surprised me. I am a fan of Chris Gethard when I started listening to his podcast about 2 years ago. I find him relatable because I am 31 and from West Caldwell, New Jersey and I finally found someone who had the same experiences growing up in such a weird and wonderful place...

    This is mostly a self-help book, which I didn't realize when I picked it up. There are some humorous stories and a really good chapter on punk rock, but I found a lot of the advice somewhat "high level" and I'm not sure how most of us would apply it to our daily lives. Perhaps if you'r...

    Almost anything I read about advice for making art has a motivational effect on me, but this book is more than that. Chris lays out a philosophy of creative life that is truly original and enlightening, and couches it a deep dive of the various unpredictable chapters of his own life st...

    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 ...

    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 enr...

    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 re...

    I love Geth. And although I didn?t initially love the ?self help? framework as much - which early on felt like a few too many repetitions of the same basic premise - I was won over by the stories here. And by the same DIY, community-centric passion and spirit that keeps me rootin...

    Equal parts memoir and guidebook for aspiring creatives, Gethard brings his trademark humor, passion, and perspective to bear in a book that offers inspiration and actionable advice without feeling overbearing, unrealistic, or new-agey. A must-read for fans of his work, anyone who want...

    I read another review that said "It?s honestly probably just a 3-star book, but I find Gethard just so damn charming that it earns the book another star" and YES that's right. Also, Gethard is very, very earnest. Some people just are trying to build a brand when they write a book lik...

    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 c...

    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...

    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 pers...

    Maybe 3.5 stars. 3 stars for the content, and extra .5 because Gethard is really funny and charming! I wasn't familiar with him before reading this book, but now I intend to check out some of his work. This was a hybrid of memoir and self-help, and if I'm being honest, I enjoyed the me...

    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 stor...

  • Berwin
    Jan 08, 2019

    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 di...

    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 r...

    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 senti...

    An excellent read for fans of Gethard's comedy, his popular Beautiful Anonymous podcast, and writers/creative-types of all stripes. As far as entertainers go, Gethard is as genuine as they come. His advice is also sound; he has a gift for inspiring and motivating others without ever be...

    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. ...

    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! ...

    When I learned that Geth narrated his own book, the audiobook version was the only option for me. To hear his words in his own voice with candor and inflection, felt more like a conversation with a trusted old friend. I?ve read a few ?self help? books, but in all honesty, this on...

    This book was not meant for me, at least not at my current state in life: content working by day and cooking dinner with my partner at night. Despite that, every story was so enjoyable, and each chapter had a nugget of wisdom I wanted to save. Even when I felt the book was starting to ...

    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 ...

    While I am probably not the target audience, which I suspect is under 50, I still found this book entertaining and inspirational. ...

    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 t...

    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-impro...

    Pre-ordered this book back when Chris Gethard (pronounced Ge-thard, not Get-hard) emailed his newsletter list about it. I've been a fan of Gethard ever since I started taking improv classes at Upright Citizens Brigade in NYC. I've seen his improv many times, his stand up once, and even...

    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 ...

    This book surprised me. I am a fan of Chris Gethard when I started listening to his podcast about 2 years ago. I find him relatable because I am 31 and from West Caldwell, New Jersey and I finally found someone who had the same experiences growing up in such a weird and wonderful place...

    This is mostly a self-help book, which I didn't realize when I picked it up. There are some humorous stories and a really good chapter on punk rock, but I found a lot of the advice somewhat "high level" and I'm not sure how most of us would apply it to our daily lives. Perhaps if you'r...

    Almost anything I read about advice for making art has a motivational effect on me, but this book is more than that. Chris lays out a philosophy of creative life that is truly original and enlightening, and couches it a deep dive of the various unpredictable chapters of his own life st...

    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 ...

    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 enr...

    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 re...

    I love Geth. And although I didn?t initially love the ?self help? framework as much - which early on felt like a few too many repetitions of the same basic premise - I was won over by the stories here. And by the same DIY, community-centric passion and spirit that keeps me rootin...

    Equal parts memoir and guidebook for aspiring creatives, Gethard brings his trademark humor, passion, and perspective to bear in a book that offers inspiration and actionable advice without feeling overbearing, unrealistic, or new-agey. A must-read for fans of his work, anyone who want...

    I read another review that said "It?s honestly probably just a 3-star book, but I find Gethard just so damn charming that it earns the book another star" and YES that's right. Also, Gethard is very, very earnest. Some people just are trying to build a brand when they write a book lik...

    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 c...

    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...

  • Tova
    Apr 04, 2019

    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 di...

    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 r...

    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 senti...

    An excellent read for fans of Gethard's comedy, his popular Beautiful Anonymous podcast, and writers/creative-types of all stripes. As far as entertainers go, Gethard is as genuine as they come. His advice is also sound; he has a gift for inspiring and motivating others without ever be...

    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. ...

    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! ...

    When I learned that Geth narrated his own book, the audiobook version was the only option for me. To hear his words in his own voice with candor and inflection, felt more like a conversation with a trusted old friend. I?ve read a few ?self help? books, but in all honesty, this on...

    This book was not meant for me, at least not at my current state in life: content working by day and cooking dinner with my partner at night. Despite that, every story was so enjoyable, and each chapter had a nugget of wisdom I wanted to save. Even when I felt the book was starting to ...

    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 ...

    While I am probably not the target audience, which I suspect is under 50, I still found this book entertaining and inspirational. ...

    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 t...

    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-impro...

    Pre-ordered this book back when Chris Gethard (pronounced Ge-thard, not Get-hard) emailed his newsletter list about it. I've been a fan of Gethard ever since I started taking improv classes at Upright Citizens Brigade in NYC. I've seen his improv many times, his stand up once, and even...

    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 ...

    This book surprised me. I am a fan of Chris Gethard when I started listening to his podcast about 2 years ago. I find him relatable because I am 31 and from West Caldwell, New Jersey and I finally found someone who had the same experiences growing up in such a weird and wonderful place...

    This is mostly a self-help book, which I didn't realize when I picked it up. There are some humorous stories and a really good chapter on punk rock, but I found a lot of the advice somewhat "high level" and I'm not sure how most of us would apply it to our daily lives. Perhaps if you'r...

    Almost anything I read about advice for making art has a motivational effect on me, but this book is more than that. Chris lays out a philosophy of creative life that is truly original and enlightening, and couches it a deep dive of the various unpredictable chapters of his own life st...

  • Katie Palazzolo
    Aug 09, 2018

    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 di...

    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 r...

    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 senti...

    An excellent read for fans of Gethard's comedy, his popular Beautiful Anonymous podcast, and writers/creative-types of all stripes. As far as entertainers go, Gethard is as genuine as they come. His advice is also sound; he has a gift for inspiring and motivating others without ever be...

    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. ...

    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! ...

    When I learned that Geth narrated his own book, the audiobook version was the only option for me. To hear his words in his own voice with candor and inflection, felt more like a conversation with a trusted old friend. I?ve read a few ?self help? books, but in all honesty, this on...

    This book was not meant for me, at least not at my current state in life: content working by day and cooking dinner with my partner at night. Despite that, every story was so enjoyable, and each chapter had a nugget of wisdom I wanted to save. Even when I felt the book was starting to ...

    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 ...

    While I am probably not the target audience, which I suspect is under 50, I still found this book entertaining and inspirational. ...

    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 t...

    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-impro...

    Pre-ordered this book back when Chris Gethard (pronounced Ge-thard, not Get-hard) emailed his newsletter list about it. I've been a fan of Gethard ever since I started taking improv classes at Upright Citizens Brigade in NYC. I've seen his improv many times, his stand up once, and even...

    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 ...

    This book surprised me. I am a fan of Chris Gethard when I started listening to his podcast about 2 years ago. I find him relatable because I am 31 and from West Caldwell, New Jersey and I finally found someone who had the same experiences growing up in such a weird and wonderful place...

    This is mostly a self-help book, which I didn't realize when I picked it up. There are some humorous stories and a really good chapter on punk rock, but I found a lot of the advice somewhat "high level" and I'm not sure how most of us would apply it to our daily lives. Perhaps if you'r...

    Almost anything I read about advice for making art has a motivational effect on me, but this book is more than that. Chris lays out a philosophy of creative life that is truly original and enlightening, and couches it a deep dive of the various unpredictable chapters of his own life st...

    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 ...

  • Tim Nelson
    Feb 13, 2019

    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 di...

    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 r...

    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 senti...

    An excellent read for fans of Gethard's comedy, his popular Beautiful Anonymous podcast, and writers/creative-types of all stripes. As far as entertainers go, Gethard is as genuine as they come. His advice is also sound; he has a gift for inspiring and motivating others without ever be...

    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. ...

    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! ...

    When I learned that Geth narrated his own book, the audiobook version was the only option for me. To hear his words in his own voice with candor and inflection, felt more like a conversation with a trusted old friend. I?ve read a few ?self help? books, but in all honesty, this on...

    This book was not meant for me, at least not at my current state in life: content working by day and cooking dinner with my partner at night. Despite that, every story was so enjoyable, and each chapter had a nugget of wisdom I wanted to save. Even when I felt the book was starting to ...

    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 ...

    While I am probably not the target audience, which I suspect is under 50, I still found this book entertaining and inspirational. ...

    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 t...

    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-impro...

    Pre-ordered this book back when Chris Gethard (pronounced Ge-thard, not Get-hard) emailed his newsletter list about it. I've been a fan of Gethard ever since I started taking improv classes at Upright Citizens Brigade in NYC. I've seen his improv many times, his stand up once, and even...

    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 ...

    This book surprised me. I am a fan of Chris Gethard when I started listening to his podcast about 2 years ago. I find him relatable because I am 31 and from West Caldwell, New Jersey and I finally found someone who had the same experiences growing up in such a weird and wonderful place...

    This is mostly a self-help book, which I didn't realize when I picked it up. There are some humorous stories and a really good chapter on punk rock, but I found a lot of the advice somewhat "high level" and I'm not sure how most of us would apply it to our daily lives. Perhaps if you'r...

    Almost anything I read about advice for making art has a motivational effect on me, but this book is more than that. Chris lays out a philosophy of creative life that is truly original and enlightening, and couches it a deep dive of the various unpredictable chapters of his own life st...

    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 ...

    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 enr...

    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 re...

    I love Geth. And although I didn?t initially love the ?self help? framework as much - which early on felt like a few too many repetitions of the same basic premise - I was won over by the stories here. And by the same DIY, community-centric passion and spirit that keeps me rootin...

    Equal parts memoir and guidebook for aspiring creatives, Gethard brings his trademark humor, passion, and perspective to bear in a book that offers inspiration and actionable advice without feeling overbearing, unrealistic, or new-agey. A must-read for fans of his work, anyone who want...

  • Andy Winder
    Nov 10, 2018

    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 di...

    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 r...

    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 senti...

    An excellent read for fans of Gethard's comedy, his popular Beautiful Anonymous podcast, and writers/creative-types of all stripes. As far as entertainers go, Gethard is as genuine as they come. His advice is also sound; he has a gift for inspiring and motivating others without ever be...

    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. ...

    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! ...

    When I learned that Geth narrated his own book, the audiobook version was the only option for me. To hear his words in his own voice with candor and inflection, felt more like a conversation with a trusted old friend. I?ve read a few ?self help? books, but in all honesty, this on...

    This book was not meant for me, at least not at my current state in life: content working by day and cooking dinner with my partner at night. Despite that, every story was so enjoyable, and each chapter had a nugget of wisdom I wanted to save. Even when I felt the book was starting to ...

    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 ...

    While I am probably not the target audience, which I suspect is under 50, I still found this book entertaining and inspirational. ...

    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 t...

    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-impro...

    Pre-ordered this book back when Chris Gethard (pronounced Ge-thard, not Get-hard) emailed his newsletter list about it. I've been a fan of Gethard ever since I started taking improv classes at Upright Citizens Brigade in NYC. I've seen his improv many times, his stand up once, and even...

    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 ...

    This book surprised me. I am a fan of Chris Gethard when I started listening to his podcast about 2 years ago. I find him relatable because I am 31 and from West Caldwell, New Jersey and I finally found someone who had the same experiences growing up in such a weird and wonderful place...

    This is mostly a self-help book, which I didn't realize when I picked it up. There are some humorous stories and a really good chapter on punk rock, but I found a lot of the advice somewhat "high level" and I'm not sure how most of us would apply it to our daily lives. Perhaps if you'r...

    Almost anything I read about advice for making art has a motivational effect on me, but this book is more than that. Chris lays out a philosophy of creative life that is truly original and enlightening, and couches it a deep dive of the various unpredictable chapters of his own life st...

    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 ...

    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 enr...

    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 re...

    I love Geth. And although I didn?t initially love the ?self help? framework as much - which early on felt like a few too many repetitions of the same basic premise - I was won over by the stories here. And by the same DIY, community-centric passion and spirit that keeps me rootin...

    Equal parts memoir and guidebook for aspiring creatives, Gethard brings his trademark humor, passion, and perspective to bear in a book that offers inspiration and actionable advice without feeling overbearing, unrealistic, or new-agey. A must-read for fans of his work, anyone who want...

    I read another review that said "It?s honestly probably just a 3-star book, but I find Gethard just so damn charming that it earns the book another star" and YES that's right. Also, Gethard is very, very earnest. Some people just are trying to build a brand when they write a book lik...

    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 c...

    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...

    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 pers...

  • Ruby  Reviews Books
    Dec 03, 2018

    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 di...

    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 r...

    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 senti...

    An excellent read for fans of Gethard's comedy, his popular Beautiful Anonymous podcast, and writers/creative-types of all stripes. As far as entertainers go, Gethard is as genuine as they come. His advice is also sound; he has a gift for inspiring and motivating others without ever be...

    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. ...

    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! ...

    When I learned that Geth narrated his own book, the audiobook version was the only option for me. To hear his words in his own voice with candor and inflection, felt more like a conversation with a trusted old friend. I?ve read a few ?self help? books, but in all honesty, this on...

    This book was not meant for me, at least not at my current state in life: content working by day and cooking dinner with my partner at night. Despite that, every story was so enjoyable, and each chapter had a nugget of wisdom I wanted to save. Even when I felt the book was starting to ...

    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 ...

    While I am probably not the target audience, which I suspect is under 50, I still found this book entertaining and inspirational. ...

    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 t...

    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-impro...

  • Colly J
    Nov 18, 2018

    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 di...

  • Kevin Walsh
    Apr 11, 2019

    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 di...

    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 r...

    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 senti...

    An excellent read for fans of Gethard's comedy, his popular Beautiful Anonymous podcast, and writers/creative-types of all stripes. As far as entertainers go, Gethard is as genuine as they come. His advice is also sound; he has a gift for inspiring and motivating others without ever be...

    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. ...

    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! ...

    When I learned that Geth narrated his own book, the audiobook version was the only option for me. To hear his words in his own voice with candor and inflection, felt more like a conversation with a trusted old friend. I?ve read a few ?self help? books, but in all honesty, this on...

    This book was not meant for me, at least not at my current state in life: content working by day and cooking dinner with my partner at night. Despite that, every story was so enjoyable, and each chapter had a nugget of wisdom I wanted to save. Even when I felt the book was starting to ...

    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 ...

    While I am probably not the target audience, which I suspect is under 50, I still found this book entertaining and inspirational. ...

    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 t...

    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-impro...

    Pre-ordered this book back when Chris Gethard (pronounced Ge-thard, not Get-hard) emailed his newsletter list about it. I've been a fan of Gethard ever since I started taking improv classes at Upright Citizens Brigade in NYC. I've seen his improv many times, his stand up once, and even...

    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 ...

    This book surprised me. I am a fan of Chris Gethard when I started listening to his podcast about 2 years ago. I find him relatable because I am 31 and from West Caldwell, New Jersey and I finally found someone who had the same experiences growing up in such a weird and wonderful place...

    This is mostly a self-help book, which I didn't realize when I picked it up. There are some humorous stories and a really good chapter on punk rock, but I found a lot of the advice somewhat "high level" and I'm not sure how most of us would apply it to our daily lives. Perhaps if you'r...