Book Review – Why I Failed? – Shweta Punj

why-i-failed-lessons-from-leaders-400x400-imadkmaaqwf8ugz6Talking about failures takes guts but more importantly where you went wrong and realising it makes all the difference. This book caught my attention when the publishers first spoke about it on twitter and then a person whose I recommendations I take very seriously recommended me to read this one. In a way, I am thankful to the author of this book to come up with something like this. This book inspires you in its own way.

All those people whom we admire and look up to have had their own share of failures and learnings and now they are talking about it. After reading this book, I have realised one thing, the solution to any problem lies within the problem only. You just have to be patient and keep working towards it. Why I Failed? Lessons from Leaders features 16 individuals who have made it big in their lives after seeing their own share of failures.

Abhinav Bindra, olympic gold medalist talks about why he couldn’t repeat the history again in 2012 London Olympics. Anu Aga, a Padam Shri award winner talks about how she took control of a 30 billion dollar group, Thermax after her husband’s death. Madhur Bhandarkar used to deliver video cassette to people. He talks about how he got a chance to make his first film after years of suffering and the movie bombed at box office and then how he won National award for Chandni Bar happened which is one of my personal favourite movies. Sabyaschi Mukherjee, a middle class boy from Kolkata, how he pursued his dreams, broke all the conventional rules laid by the society landed up in fashion industry and excelled at what he does. Subhash Ghai talks about his share of problems he faced from time to time and what still keeps him going, the answer is his film school.

Similarly, Narayan Murthy (Infosys), an institution in himself, Sminu Jindal (Jindal) , Ajit Gulabchand (Hindustan Construction Company, HCC) , Sunil Alagh (Britannia) , Sanjiv Goenka (Vice Chairman, RPG Enterprises) , Kiran Majumdar-Shaw (Biocon), Captain Gopinath (Air Deccan), Shankar Sharma (First Global) , Prathap Reddy (Apollo Hospitals) , William Bessel (FabIndia) , Narayanan Vaghul (ICICI)  all of them got extremely candid and shared why they failed and have given tips to avoid such failures.

Overall the book is a brilliant read. Crisp editing and you just keep on turning pages feeling inspired by every word that you read. Shweta Punj who is a well known journalist has done a swell job in putting it all together. I highly recommend this book to each one of you who think that your failures are the end of you. Reading all these stories will fill you with hope and will motivate you to go out there and conquer everything that you wish to.

Book Source : Publisher
Publisher : Random House India
Genre : Non-Fiction
Price : Rs. 199/-

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