How to Get Back Up

A Memoir of Failure & Resilience
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About This Audible Original

We all fail. We all fall. We all need to know how to get back up. Few know this better than New York Times best-selling author Neil Pasricha. Before selling over a million copies of his Book of Awesome series and touring the world to teach Fortune 500 CEOs, Ivy league deans, and members of the royal family how to unlock a positive mind-set, Pasricha’s life hit rock bottom. In this Audible Original, you'll hear for the first time Neil's very personal story of failure and resilience—and you'll learn how you, too, can find the strength to get back up.

©2018 Neil Pasricha (P)2018 Audible Originals, LLC

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The problem with the self-help industry, Neil explains, is that "we aren't sharing the grey stories—the stories in between the lines of the big, high-milestone moments that are on the cover of every greeting card."
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"Take it from Pasricha, who was inspired to espouse the "just get up" approach after his marriage ended and his best friend took his own life—in the same week. But you needn't have experienced major catastrophes to get something from this."

Courtney Reimer, Audible editor
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Neil Pasricha

About the Author and Performer

Neil Pasricha is the New York Times best-selling author of The Happiness Equation and the Book of Awesome series, which has been published in 10 countries, spent over five years on best seller lists, and sold over a million copies. Neil is a Harvard MBA, a popular TED speaker, and after 10 years heading Leadership Development at Walmart, he now serves as Director of the Institute for Global Happiness.

He has dedicated the past decade of his life to developing leaders, creating global programs inside the world's largest companies and speaking to hundreds of thousands of people around the globe. He lives in Toronto with his wife and sons.

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Great memoir. Must read!

To be honest, I did not know the author, Neil Pasricha, before I bought this book. I was just having a hard time at work as a research scientist, and was failing and feeling like I shouldn't have fun in my life at all because I'm so bad at everything, and also should not be making money receiving salaries because I'm wasting humanity's resources. Basically I was just feeling terrible. That's when this book just popped up in the audible top page so I just gave it a go using my new credit even if I didn't know the guy. I needed to get back up.

Boy I'm so glad. Neil just totally rescued myself from my 2-year stretching misery by publishing this audiobook.

Soon after I started listening, I realized that this story was organized as a memoir (rather than something like a systematic analysis or some sort of failure/resilience) about a writer podcaster and a TED talk speaker that I do not know (I'm sure he's famous but I don't usually watch TED talks). That's when I realized the word "memoir" in the subtitle of the book.

But his story was engaging, writing was beautiful, tempo was pleasant, jokes were fun and overall it was just a great listen so I kept listening.
And listening.
And I just finished the whole audiobook in 2 days and it was AWESOME.

It's a bit hard for me to pin-point what was good about this book because there are so many aspects of it. There was a lot of his memoir stories than I thought, which was very interesting and fun. But it was not just that; Neil talks about in detail how he did the "getting back up" part -- about "sticking to systems" is more important than "goal setting". And those are not like another new tricks or hacks; he describes systems in a light and easy way using his personal stories, but I understood the content itself was pretty fundamental (I think he is good at this because he has the "untouchable days" to think deeply - read the book!).

Everyday life is getting so complicated too much and it's easy to get overwhelmed by them. Until not so long ago, people used to have a common way ("system") to live that everyone sticks to, but the increasingly diverse lifestyle and the information explosion is making us difficult to decide how should we live everyday. I became increasingly confused and anxious after I came to the US few years ago from Asia, where the culture (especially working culture) was quite different. I really liked how Neil introduced his system to the readers and how it works for him. I guess I need to figure out and build a system that works for me - and his advice in Chapter 11-14 (3B, making contracts, confessions) sounds like the systems I needed to try out.

And above all, the thing that touched me the most was his wonderful family and the love that's pouring out from his voice. I especially loved listening to the final chapter.

I became a great fan of Neil by listening to this book. (Also this is my first time to write a review, ever! I'm not good at writing English and haven't thought of writing any, until now.) I will recommend this audiobook to everyone; and I'm sure you will also be able to feel the awesomeness of our everyday life that he shares by his fantastic narration.

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Great storyteller, my life story is better

I’m sorry, but I got this audiobook looking for inspiration, as the book is about failure and resilience. He talks a lot. I realize I could make money, too, taking a lot about my life. I’ve had more trauma and world adventures, frankly. Not inspiring. But maybe it would work for some people.

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