About the Book:
Have you experienced failures in your life? Is your startup business facing a downturn? Is your dream partner telling you she hates you? Don’t despair. Failure encages us all.
Akhil, born with a plastic spoon in India, was specially designed for all failures life can bring. Growing up like everyone, the more he tried for success, the more he failed. Not until when he redefined his stupidity and started listening to his heart, his failures brought forth his keys to freedom and made him discover that ‘Failure encourages us all’.
This book is about his transformation from being a failure to the creator of the award-winning technique ‘The Art of Failure’. It talks about his technique, hidden in the form of an entertaining but true autobiographical story. It is helpful for everyone who wants to become a fearless failure warrior rather than being a usual success hunter.
The narrative is set against the transformation of India – from its analog days to the digital age and bubbling startup economy. One thing which hasn’t changed with time though is the hatred and fear towards failure and how it has been eating up our enormous innovation potential for ages. It is time to accept failure as a part of life – where there is no failure, there is no growth. Learn from your experiences and move on!
1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?
As per the government and the bank records, I am known as Akhil Sharma but I am mostly known as the ‘Failure Guy’ by friends and others. I am from India and my parents despite having modest economic background gave me the best education possible.
And I was a fool to waste all of that including my engineering degree and an MBA. I also had wasted (or may be invested) all of my parents saving into my two startups focusing on innovation and invention. When this was not enough, I got my book published which talks about failure only and certify me as a failure worldwide.
Lucky for them that I am already married so now they don’t have to worry about finding a suitable bride to marry this failure prodigy.
2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?
I do keep taking notes of any idea, inspiration which might come in during the time when I am awake. However, you might find this crazy that I do get my inspirations in my dreams as well. Since, I cannot write possibly in my dreams so I just have to wait till I get up.
3: Where do your ideas come from?
Everywhere and every time, I believe that each one of us had a story to tell. It’s just that we don’t have enough listeners in this world.
Being an introvert and a failure gave me an advantage for being a writer. Now people don’t have to listen to my stories which were obviously boring and they found me as someone with whom they can share their story and mostly their failure story. So, I was like a listening shop to them and they felt relived after sharing it with me.
One day I got selfish and start knitting those stories and published my book.
4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?
I don’t keep a plan and let my characters take me where they want. The story keeps flowing like a river with no fixed or chartered course and sometimes I am also surprised as to the distance and extent where my characters had taken me.
5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?
Biography is certainly my genre. Those are the testaments of history and facts which actually happened in reality. However, I keep myself open to any genre and keeps reading them in a very chaotic manner.
6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?
My central lead is a case of utter failure which I guess nobody wants to pick up. So, I guess I have to play that role to bring the humor, joy and pride in the failures of life.
7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?
There are so many but to name a few, Walter Issacson, John Berger and Stephen King.
8: What book/s are you reading at present?
Steve Jobs by Walter Issacson and then biography of van Gogh and Leonardio Da Vinci.
9: What is your favourite book and why?
G by John Berger. I was never able to finish the book and whenever I took it up, entire new meaning comes up from the same text which I had read earlier. So I had to re-read the entire book again and again.
10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?
Two words: Just write.
11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?
About the Author:
Akhil Sharma aka ‘The Failure Guy’ is a renowned award losing entrepreneur, inventor and innovator. In his decade long career, ranging from being a mariner, selling credit cards to being a technologist, he is blessed to have failed almost every time. Specially designed for failure, he is using his extensive experience to conduct ‘The Art of Failure’ workshops through which he has helped individuals to keep up the spirit of trying despite failures and coached them how to listen to their hearts and find their real inspiration. These workshops have taught them how to be innovative and creative amidst a failure environment. His lifelong mission is to make the human mind friendly to failure – a concept which stands in stark contrast to the general interest in success. In 2016, the United Nations and iCongo chose him for the Rex Karmaveer Chakra award and Global fellowship, and he is often called upon to talk about it for free on various platforms in India.