Review: The Hidden Power of F*cking Up
Title: The Hidden Power of F*cking Up
Authors: The Try Guys (Keither Habersbeger, Zach Kornfeld, Eugene Lee Yang, and Ned Fulmer)
Published: 18 June 2019
Format: Hardback, Library Book
Synopsis: The Try Guys dive in to the importance of trying and f*cking up. They also share stories of their highs and lows, specifically their must challenging insecurities: health, style, love, and family.
Rating: 4.75/5 stars
I guess I’ll confess that I’m quite the Try Guys fan, so I was equally excited and anxious to find out that they were writing a book.
My fan thought was: YAY!
My Librarian thought: Another self-help book? Oh, boy.
I’m a librarian, in case I haven’t mentioned it before (ha). I see a lot of self-help books, and I have a healthy doubt of them because they always seem to come off as condescending, full of nonsensical information, and insincere advice.
But, The Try Guys have always seemed genuine on their social media platforms, so with equal parts excitement and anxiety, I placed their book on hold and eagerly read through it in just a few days – which is pretty amazing, because non-fiction usually takes me months to read.
For anyone who doesn’t know, The Try Guys got their start on Buzzfeed, but started their own company fairly recently. You can check out their YouTube channel here. They even started their own podcast! Basically, they’re everywhere in regards to social media platforms. Their content is engaging, fun, serious, and honest. I do my best to never miss an episode, though I am a bit behind on their podcast. I feel like a failed millennial because I just struggle with podcasts in general.
Anyway! I’m supposed to be reviewing their book, so here we go!
As I said before, I had some anxiety about a self-help book. However, The Try Guys have a much more casual approach to the genre, that is much more personable and heartfelt. I never felt weighed down with facts or that they were telling me what to do, and that it would magically fix all my life problems. Rather, they provided valuable and honest insight to what trying and failing meant, and the different ways they have tried and failed, and how they want to better themselves.
I loved how they referenced old videos, and that each of the Try Guys tackled things that are very challenging for them – fitness, work-life balance, relationships, and family. None of those things are easy for anyone, and I liked that each of the Guys set goals for themselves, and that they were very open about their process of achieving them. Nothing was easy, and I’m glad they were honest about that in their book. While it may not be everyone’s cup of tea, I thought it was great that their book read very casually. I felt like I was listening to friends, not having some ideology shoved down my throat.
Each chapter allowed me to consider my own life and what I want to try.
Honestly, trying many things seems less daunting with the knowledge that The Try Guys have tried similar things, experienced positives and negatives, and are still humble and thoughtful about all of their experiences.
Readers will be able to relate to The Try Guys, and I really think see them in a new light. I’ve never met the guys, but I always thought they were pretty cool (you have to be really brave to put yourself on the internet, in my opinion). I still think they’re really cool, and I also have a new respect for each of them as individuals. Their stories, how open and honest they were, was just fantastic.
There was something comforting about finding out that trying isn’t always easy for The Try Guys.
For what it’s worth – Keith, Zach, Ned, and Eugene, this little librarian gives your book a stamp of approval and a spot on our display of new books.
(I forgot to take a picture of it, but I promise it’s front and center!).
Anyway, give The Power of F*cking Up a try! It’s a fast read with great advice. I had a lot of great takeaways from this book, which I don’t often (ever) say about self-help books.
The world is a scary place, but The Try Guys are making it better. I seriously have the upmost respect for these guys and what they believe in.