Chasing Failure by Ryan Leak | Book Review

Don’t read this book if you are content with what you do and where you are in your life. If you aren’t looking to be motivated to set some big goals and get tips on how to pursue them, then clearly Chasing Failure isn’t the book for you. In it, Ryan Leak shares some of his personal anecdotes, quotes from books that have made an impact on him and lessons he has learned from some of the greats, including one-on-one time he spent with basketball legend, Kobe Bryant. And Chasing Failure is about putting into practice some of those motivational messages – trying and failing but continuing to try (and fail) until success comes.

Chasing Failure is a well organized blueprint because the chapters are aptly titled and each one ends with a “Key Takeaway” so after reading the very entertaining stories, you can come back and review the key notes anytime for a quick refresher, maybe sometime when you are implementing your own game plan, chasing your own success with lots of failure pit-stops.

Chasing Failure

It doesn’t hurt that I have a personal connection to Leak’s story, well, sort of. I felt close to the story Leak tells because in his quest to chase failure and tryout for the NBA, he got a shot at a practice session with the Phoenix Suns. Now, maybe for you the Phoenix Suns are just the team that didn’t quite win this most recent basketball series. But for me, the Phoenix Suns are my husband’s favorite team so we eat and sleep Suns stories here. And it just felt validating that the Suns were the first team to give Ryan Leak a shot at chasing his NBA dream and giving us a chance to see what goes on behind the scenes at a practice workout.

I really enjoyed reading this book and now I plan to find and watch Leak’s documentaries. I highly recommend Chasing Failure to fans of motivational reading as the kind of book that you put down and come back to every few minutes – put down because you feel so inspired to work on something of your own while you are reading the author’s renditions of his own failures and successes, – but that you return to very quickly because Leak’s storytelling is riveting.

Note: I received a complimentary copy of Chasing Failure from TLC Book Tours and the publisher, Thomas Nelson, in order to complete this review.

Book Details

Title: Chasing Failure

Author: Ryan Leak

Pages: 220

Format: Hardcover

Publication Date: June 22, 2021

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Chasing Failure

Publisher Synopsis 

By blending personal stories, inspirational anecdotes, riveting psychology, get-up-and-go encouragement, and just plain practical step-by-step advice, Ryan Leak shows how chasing failure just may be the quickest way to success.

We all have something we’d love to do, but often our fear of failure outweighs the potential of our destiny. But what if we found out that failure could actually help us succeed? Through Ryan Leak’s journey of chasing the girl of his dreams to his NBA fantasy and his encounter with five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant, Chasing Failure helps us remove every excuse for not pursuing the life we want to live.

In this book Ryan also talks about the science behind why people are afraid to fail, mixing in real-life stories and adding practical steps to help us intentionally chase failure. As he says, “God promises to be with you always, even through the failure.” This book is for the dreamers who have been afraid to move—and even those who have been afraid to dream. Ultimately, Chasing Failure will help us build confidence in what God has called us to do. As a motivational speaker, whether addressing people in corporations, churches, or youth events, Ryan has a message of hope: failure is right around the corner, so be brave enough to chase it! The good life is on the other side.

About the Author

Ryan Leak is an author, speaker, executive coach, and filmmaker. He’s known for two documentaries: The Surprise Wedding and Chasing Failure. The son of a preacher man, Ryan grew up in the church with a marketplace passion. Today, Ryan splits his time between speaking in churches and doing executive coaching and speaking in Corporate America through his company The Ryan Leak Group, LLC.

Ryan has a unique church position in that he is on the teaching team of five megachurches. He rotates speaking at each of them seven to eight times a year. He regularly teaches 48,000 people between those five churches. Ryan does about 120 events each year reaching 200,000 people and trains approximately 15,000 leaders.

Ryan and his wife, Amanda, reside in Dallas, Texas, with their two children, Jaxson and Roman.

Ryan Leak



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