Fail Fast, Fail Often

September 24, 2013 by  
Filed under Books, DailyTarcher, Great Reads

“You miss 100% of the shots you never take.”  – Wayne Gretzky

Fail_Fast,_Fail_OftenRyan Babineaux and John Krumboltz, psychologists, career counselors, and creators of the popular Stanford University course “Fail Fast, Fail Often,” have come to a compelling conclusion: happy and successful people tend to spend less time planning and more time acting. They get out into the world, try new things, and make mistakes, and in doing so, they benefit from unexpected experiences and opportunities.

From a very early age, we’re told to be cautious, think before acting, and plan for the future. Society and our loved ones teach us to avoid failure at all costs, both in business and in life. Paradoxically, argue Ryan Babineaux and John Krumboltz, we need to fail—and fail often—in order to succeed.

Drawing on the authors’ research in human development and innovation, Fail Fast, Fail Often shows readers how to allow their enthusiasm to guide them, to act boldly, and to leverage their strengths—even if they are terrified of failure. Because the biggest mistake you might be making, is not making any mistakes.

In FAIL FAST, FAIL OFTEN, Babineaux and Krumboltz offer practical advice and tools to help readers:

  • Focus on the main task and act on it rather than getting bogged down by analysis, which depletes motivation and momentum
  • Recognize that it is not the size of the progress that is important, but the frequency
  • Redefine failure (e.g., Failure = Realizing you need to learn more, Failure = product testing)
  • Break down complex problems into smaller tasks with easily achievable goals
  • Focus on opportunities, not problems

 FAIL FAST, FAIL OFTEN provides specific, powerful guidance on how to put your ideas into practice to enact immediate change in your life.

Advance reviews:

“If you’re not occasionally failing, you’re not trying hard enough. Fail Fast, Fail Often offers helpful tactics for conquering paralyzing fear and taking the strategic risks necessary for success.”

—Todd Henry, author of Die Empty and The Accidental Creative

“Big goals are great—but not if they’re paralyzing. In this fun and inspiring book, Babineaux and Krumboltz show that taking small steps and accepting small failures leads ultimately down the path to success.”

Laura Vanderkam, author, What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast

Read an excerpt HERE.

Buy it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and IndieBound!

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51sZpmiPI6L._SY300_Tarcher is proud to offer the answer in SOLVING THE PROCRASTINATION PUZZLE: A Concise Guide to Strategies for Change, Penguin USA’s first acquisition from Author Solutions, the world’s leading self-publishing company.  In this newly updated bestseller, associate professor of psychology and award-winning Psychology Today expert Timothy A. Pychyl condenses over twenty years of intensive research into this accessible guide to kicking the procrastination habit. Rich with case studies and simple mantras for change, this helpful – and often humorous – book reveals the root causes of procrastination and provides effective strategies for change.  Keeping his knowledge of delay tactics in mind, Pychyl designed this book to hook the chronic procrastinator by providing:

  • A quick read: Pychyl provides his key strategies in less than 100 pages.
  • Interactive exercises: help readers specify the program to their needs.
  • Key mantras: each chapter has an easy to remember mantra to promote daily change.
  • A multimedia format: Pychyl integrates humor and research with specially designed comic strips.

By exposing the negative health effects of procrastination, promoting emotional awareness, and providing easy-to-use action plans, SOLVING THE PROCRASTINATION PUZZLE helps readers recognize the need for change so they stop delaying and start living their most inspired life.

Don’t put it off, read an excerpt HERE.

Buy it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and IndieBound!



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BREAKTHROUGH: Learn the secrets of the world’s leading mentor and become the best you can be by David C. M. Carter

After mentoring numerous CEOs, entrepreneurs, celebrities and philanthropists, David C. M. Carter has distilled his knowledge and advice into BREAKTHROUGH, which provides practical advice on how to become a more successful and happier you. With simple, easy-to-action tips in every chapter, Carter helps you envision goals, achieve them, and ultimately realize your best self.  Read more here!











Tarcher #FridayReads

July 12, 2013 by  
Filed under DailyTarcher, Friday Reads

Check out all the great books the folks here at Tarcher are personally reading (and get a sneak peek at upcoming books and projects)! What are you picking up next? Tell us in our comments or tweet to us at: @TarcherBooks.

Book Shelf Friday Reads


Joel Fotinos, Vice President / Publisher:

“I finished the Sookie Stackhouse series!  After several weeks, I read all thirteen novels in the series plus the short story collection – it was a fun, wild ride with Sookie, Eric, Bill, Sam, and all the “supes,” witches, vampires, not to dead-ever-after-us-editionmention a whole cast of great characters.  What amazes me is how Charlaine Harris, the author, was able to keep up the quality throughout the series, and in fact I thought the series got better and better.  There has been some internet grumbling about how the characters changed over the arc of the books, and also some upset over the man that Sookie ends up with.  For me, having read the books back-to-back, the characters changed in a way that seemed normal and in-line with their personalities. Why would a reader not want the characters to develop with each book?  As to the person Sookie ends up with (in Dead Ever After)… I thought Harris made the perfect choice.  The ending of the last book was perfect.  Brava, Charlaine!”

**Editor’s Note: Congrats – that’s amazingly fast reading!  As for the grumbling, your co-worker Kevin was against all the complainers too.



seedMitch Horowitz, Editor-in-Chief (@mitchhorowitz):

Seedtime and Harvest by Neville Goddard, a brilliant short summary of Neville Goddard’s mind-power    philsophy, originally published in 1956.”

 **Editor’s Note: If you missed Mitch’s terrific lecture on Neville, be sure to listen here then pick up a copy of The Power of Awareness – perfect combination!




Sara Carder, Executive Editor:

“For anyone who ever hesitates about doing something they really want to do– because they might mess up (me!), Fail Fast, Fail Often by Ryan Babineaux and John Krumbolz (in-stores December 26) is a powerful guide to breaking this cycle and finding greater happiness in life because of it.”



Brianna Yamashita, Director of Publicity & Marketing:

“I am currently looking over the information sheets on the books we will be publishing in Spring & Summer 2014.”

**Editor’s Note: For all of you who haven’t yet, be sure to check out what we have upcoming for the Winter months!



 Kevin Howell, Marketing Manager:spellman

“I was so happy when I realized that the release of Lisa Lutz’s The Last Word was scheduled mere days before the beginning of my week vacation (that starts today!). The Last Word is the sixth book in the hysterically funny comedic mystery series featuring a very dysfunctional family of private eyes. Gillian (Gone Girl) Flynn blurbed: “The Last Word is Raymond Chandler meets Arrested Development.” Edgar Award winner Megan Abbott said the book is “Like Raymond Chandler meets Salinger’s Glass family.” And People magazine calls the series, “The love child of Dirty Harry and Harriet the Spy.” Aren’t you itching to start with book one? (For your convenience, book one is The Spellman Files, followed by Curse of the Spellmans, Revenge of the Spellmans, The Spellmans Strike Again, and Trail of the Spellmans.). I couldn’t let it sit in my home for one day before I had to jump in and start it ahead of my vacation.”

**Editor’s Note: Sounds like the perfect vacation read – have fun!



Gina Rizzo, Publicist (@GinaRizzo1):

“I’m currently reading Paul Selig’s (@PaulSelig) upcoming book, The Book of Knowing & Worth.  I have never read a channeled text before and am finding it very interesting reading!

**Editor’s Note: Be sure to check out his others in his trilogy: The Book of Love and Creation and I Am the Word.



Andrew Yackira, Assistant Editor (@acyackira):

“I’m reading the manuscript for Joseph Emet’s new book, Buddha’s Book of Stress Reduction, which will be out in winter of this year!”

**Editor’s Note: Joseph’s first book – Buddha’s Book of Sleep – just won the 2013 COVR Award for Book of the Year!



Gabrielle Moss, Assistant Editor:

“I’m re-reading The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath – kickin’ it high school style!”

**Editor’s Note: Have you re-read any of these other high school goodies (courtesy of @PublishersWkly)?



Joanna Ng, Editorial Assistant:

“I’m still reading my book from last week, Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton (@ThomasMerton).”



Jillian McElgunn, Publicity Assistant:

9781101596951_p0_v1_s260x420“I’m loving This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz. I just finished The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and came back for more of Diaz’s conversational, brutally honest style. The book’s short chapters read like independent essays, making them perfect snippets for the subway!”

**Editors Note: Great choices! This is How You Lose Her will be out in paperback on September 3, so be sure to file that away for possible Christmas gifts!




Tess Thomas, Publicity Intern:

“I am currently rereading A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5 of George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones (@GameofThrones). My best friend got annoyed at me the other day for constantly rereading books I’ve already read, but what can I say – I’m a creature of habit!”

**Editor’s Note: If you like it, you like it, but be sure to try and find new favorites (perhaps some your co-workers suggested above? J)!