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Comedian and cult hero Chris Gethard performs his 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, showing us how to get over our fear of failure and start living life on our own terms. This audiobook edition of Lose Well concludes with exclusive bonus conversations with Chris Gethard and special guests who are referenced throughout the audiobook: Gregg Gethard, Mike Dolan, Todd Tondera, Danny Tobia, Mark Moran, Frank Piegaro, and Jeremy Redleaf.

Let’s face it: we all want a seat at the cool table, a great job, and loads of money. But most of us won’t be able to achieve this widely accepted, black-or-white, definition of winning, which makes us feel like failures, that we’re destined to a life of loserdom. That’s the conventional wisdom. It’s also crap, according to comedian and cult hero Chris Gethard, who knows a thing of two about losing. Failing is an art form, he argues; in fact, it’s the only the way we’re ever going to discover who we are, what we really want, and how to live the kind of life we only dreamed about.

Setting flame to vision boards and tossing out the "seven simple steps" to achieving anything, the host of the eponymous TruTV talk show and the wildly popular podcast Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People illustrates his personal and professional manifesto with hilarious and ultimately empowering stories about his own setbacks, missteps, and public failures, from the cancellation of his Comedy Central sitcom after seven episodes to rediscovering his comedic voice and life’s purpose on a public access channel.

With his trademark wit and inspiring storytelling - a cross between David Sedaris and Jenny Lawson - Gethard teaches us how to power through our own hero’s journey, whether we’re a 15-year-old starting a punk band or a 50-year-old mother of three launching an Etsy page. In the process, he shows us how to fail with grace, laugh on the way down, and as we dust ourselves off, how to transform inevitable failures into endless opportunities. It might get a little messy, but that’s exactly the point. Because the first step in living on your own terms is learning how to lose well, and more often than not, the revolutionary act of failing lets us witness firsthand what awaits us on the other side.

©2018 Chris Gethard (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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Love Chris. Love Beaitiful Anon. But this book is

just like listening to him talk about himself on podcast.only nonstop.
I just can't do whole book of it. sorry know sounds brutal. Its just repetition stuff us original hardcore podcast/Gethard fans already know.

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Beautiful UNanonymous

I am an avid Beautiful Anonymous listener (Chris Gethard's podcast). This book felt like it turned the call around & allowed him to tell his story in a raw & inspiring way. Chris really is in touch with how he got where he is, and tells his story that resonates with many of us underdogs & "weirdos". I loved this book so much. I had to stop & cry a few times, but overall it helped me take stock of my hopes and dreams.

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Great

I loved Chris’s first book and this one is even better. I really enjoyed hearing him read it. I was lucky enough to meet him briefly and have him sign my copy of his first book and he wrote such a nice message to me and my wife. He is a good dude and deserves all the success in the world

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Currently ugly crying in public

I absolutely love Chris Gethard, so my review is going to be slightly biased. Doesn't matter if you know him or not, this book is inspiring, hilarious, insightful, and just flat out GREAT. Everyone should listen, 3 thumbs up.

My only issue is that I wish it was longer!!

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Stunned but not surprised by this gem.

Geth is eloquent, thoughtful, and impactful as ever. Fantastic to hear expanded stories I’ve only otherwise picked up on anecdotal reference to. Amazing additional content for the audiobook. Will continue to support this dude forever and recommend everything he does to everyone I know.

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Failing is awesome!

Maybe it was fate that Chris dropped this book right as I was experiencing intense failure? I’d like to think so because he explains things in such a way that makes you celebrate your losses. Crazy, right?
You don’t have to be a die hard Gethard fan to really get into the book, either. The only thing I knew about him at the time was that he was a comedian. Great! Well, consider me a fan now. This book is like your best friend giving you a really amazing pep talk. Definitely worth it.

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Great book, great narrator

Totally entertaining. Really enjoyable to listen to, as Gethard does a terrific job of performing his own material.

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Great book from a great guy

Lose Well kept my attention the entire way though by backing up meaningful lessons with entertaining stories.

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  • 11-11-18

UK Beautiful Anonymous fan turned CG super fan!

Loved it! Chris is a great storyteller. And his stories entertain and inspire plus even better having him narrate! I'm an avid listener of his Podcast, I've watched him perform Career Suicide in London Soho Theatre, I even sat in on a live recording of BA. And now I can add that I read/listened to his book. And I've loved every minute of it. Lose Well has got me pumped and ready to find my thing... put it out into the world and see what happens.

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  • 10-19-18

Wisdom and stories

Great book! Full of valuable wisdom and advice but also so many really fun anecdotes that make us fell closer to the author while having a blast listening. I listened to it almost non-stop over a day and a half of work, that's how great it is. The audiobook bonuses are fantastic! Of course, having the author read himself is the best choice! Quite a success for a loser, if you ask me.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-24-18

losing well

thank you chris gethard. i am going to go out again and do my thing :)