The Hidden Power of F*cking Up

The Hidden Power of F*cking Up

The Try Guys deliver their first book—an inspirational self-improvement guide that teaches you that the path to success is littered with humiliating detours, embarrassing mistakes, and unexpected failures.To be our best selves, we must become secure in our insecurities. In The Hidden Power of F*cking Up, The Try Guys - Keith, Ned, Zach, and Eugene - reveal their philosophy...

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Title:The Hidden Power of F*cking Up
Author:Keith Habersberger
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Edition Language:English

The Hidden Power of F*cking Up Reviews

  • Cheska the Great is Not Okay

    My 5-star rating for this book is mostly due to my bias towards the Try Guys--second only to the Fab Five from Netflix's Queer Eye, they are my favorite celebrities. I started watching their videos around late August/early September 2017, and I've been hooked ever since. I only regret not getting to watch their videos earlier and being there from the beginning, as I've only discovered them when I was getting into BuzzFeed Unsolved.

    My 5-star rating for this book is mostly due to my bias towards the Try Guys--second only to the Fab Five from Netflix's Queer Eye, they are my favorite celebrities. I started watching their videos around late August/early September 2017, and I've been hooked ever since. I only regret not getting to watch their videos earlier and being there from the beginning, as I've only discovered them when I was getting into BuzzFeed Unsolved.

    While I did think this book was a bit messy and disorganized, and some of the writing sounded generic and impersonal, I did truly appreciate the guys baring their private lives for this book. Even though they already do that a lot in their videos, there's still something more

    about writing it in words for a book. Most of the stories aren't really new since they've done videos where they've discussed or mentioned them, but the new ones that they haven't mentioned before were lovely.

    I will admit reading about Eugene's 'family' section of the book made me choke up a bit.

    I've read some reviews that the audiobook, narrated by the guys themselves, is irritating to listen to since apparently it just sounds like an episode of their podcast with the alternating voices and Keith's and Ned's occasional yelling. I've never been a big audiobook person myself so I definitely recommend the print version of this book instead.

  • Katie

    This book/audiobook is fantastic. These guys bring so much humor and heart. At the start, I thought each guy was going to tackle a section but rather each took lead on a try with the other guys sharing wisdom and experience related to the topic. Overall I highly recommend for any one who has ever watched a Try Guys video, from casual viewers to triceratops!

  • Annelisa Burns

    I read this book in 24 hours. It was absolutely perfect. If you’re a Try Guys fan, you’ve got to read it. I’m so proud of our boys. It’s completely in character and you can hear each of their voices so completely. My favorite book of the summer (maybe even the year?) so far. Unlike most books written by youtubers, this was actually has substance. It’s good when compared to other books, not just YouTube books.

    Some highlights:

    -reading Ned’s parts always made me emotional, especially the parts abo

    I read this book in 24 hours. It was absolutely perfect. If you’re a Try Guys fan, you’ve got to read it. I’m so proud of our boys. It’s completely in character and you can hear each of their voices so completely. My favorite book of the summer (maybe even the year?) so far. Unlike most books written by youtubers, this was actually has substance. It’s good when compared to other books, not just YouTube books.

    Some highlights:

    -reading Ned’s parts always made me emotional, especially the parts about this knee surgery, when Wes was born, and the story of how he met Ariel (😭)

    -Eugene is actually, like, a really good writer?!?! Ugh. It’s not fair. What isn’t he good at. Anyway, his parts were the most well-written; I’m impressed by the way he uses language and vocabulary. And so proud that he trusted his friends to help him get close to his family:)

    -Ned and Eugene’s bond has always fascinated me bc I feel like they’re how most guy friendships are; most dudes aren’t as sensitive as Keith and Zach and are more aggressive and closed off, so it was sweet to see that Eugene’s opinion mattered the most in Ned’s try and Ned’s challenge in Eugene’s try was the most difficult part of it. It makes sense, as Ned’s biggest weakness (fashion) is Eugene’s biggest strength, and Eugene’s biggest weakness (family) is Ned’s biggest strength

    -sweet baby Zach. It was a pleasure getting to know him more (including as a literal baby/child) but I also liked getting to know Maggie! She’s so good for him. I can already tell. You got yourself a good one kid, don’t fuck it up (his words not mine)

    -and finally, Keith. I liked reading his funny college stories and commend him for the transition to being vegan. That’s no small task. I’m still scared of CrossFit tho. Think I’ll stick to yoga. And I really liked the insight into his and Becky’s relationship!!

    -I enjoyed the insights into the boys’ bond with each other. They remind me of me and my friends and I hope we stay that way as we get closer to the Try Guys’ age.

    -This last thing is maybe a spoiler: in the acknowledgements, they thank their “wives and significant others, Ariel, Becky, Maggie, and Matt” WHO IS MATT?!? DOES EUGENE HAVE A BOYFRIEND?!?!! AHHH SOMEONE FREAK OUT ABOUT THIS WITH ME

    They also shouted out Wes in the acknowledgments which is just adorable. He’s not just Ned’s son; all of the boys love their Try Baby so much. Makes my heart melt.

  • Helen Hnin Oo Lwin

    They did it. They wrote a book. And of course, they also took their book cover picture in their underwear. What was I even expecting?

    I'll admit I was a little bit skeptical because I don't trust in somebody's writing skills. (Read: Keith Habersberger who hates reading books.) And also because they're juggling with too many things at a time that I was scared they could pull it off but only in a mediocre way.

    Alas, that wasn't the case. Eugene's writing has this kind of raw energy while being flowe

    They did it. They wrote a book. And of course, they also took their book cover picture in their underwear. What was I even expecting?

    I'll admit I was a little bit skeptical because I don't trust in somebody's writing skills. (Read: Keith Habersberger who hates reading books.) And also because they're juggling with too many things at a time that I was scared they could pull it off but only in a mediocre way.

    Alas, that wasn't the case. Eugene's writing has this kind of raw energy while being flowery and eloquent. Ned's writing reminded me that he went to Yale so of course, he could write this kind of thing. Zach and Keith's writing ultimately wasn't that bad either. This was like a bowl of salad (Hah!) that has ingredients that are totally different but came out beautifully in the end. Kind of.

    The Try Guys are known to be the group that whenever they do something, they give all they got. (With a lot of complaining and what not but you get my point.) They're funny, inspiring, and amazing. But mostly they fail. A lot. Seriously, this book is just things that they're not good at. Why would you put your worst failures in a book and show it to the world?

    The answer is of course, because this is the whole point of the book. (I've only slept for 3 hours. Bear with my stupid review, please.)

    This book contains their failures and stories that they've never said in their videos. This book also has five new tries that they did together. Those are Health, Style, Work, Love, and Family. They put their philosophies and some quotes in between these tries. These true stories are entirely raw and vulnerable. Inspiring and informative. Amazing, and awesome. And I need a thesaurus and a cup of coffee.

    If I weren't reading a kindle book, it might be soaked in my tears right now. I cried at several pages.But then again, I'm known to cry myself to sleep just to keep my eyes moisturized so what'd I know?

    Anyway, it was worth the wait.

  • Annika

    I really enjoyed the audio book version, it felt sort of like hanging out with the Try Guys and having them tell me stories of different challenges they put themselves through. This is also why I definitely wouldn't classify The Hidden Power of F*cking Up as a self help book.

    That being said, I don't know how many stars I would've given the "actual" book, given that it has no narration by the Try Guys and even Ariel! (And that my favourite part is still Keith describing his awesome before and af

    I really enjoyed the audio book version, it felt sort of like hanging out with the Try Guys and having them tell me stories of different challenges they put themselves through. This is also why I definitely wouldn't classify The Hidden Power of F*cking Up as a self help book.

    That being said, I don't know how many stars I would've given the "actual" book, given that it has no narration by the Try Guys and even Ariel! (And that my favourite part is still Keith describing his awesome before and after veganism pictures)

  • Kap

    The Try Guys do a good job of transferring their YouTube personas into book format. The overall message is simple and true to their brand. I enjoyed the numerous pictures and drawings, and the mixture of writing formats - from the more traditional narrative formats to the quirky back-and-forth dialogues.

    is a quick, easy read. It even manages to be a little inspiring too. When I reached the end, I even contemplated trying something new.

    I think, at a basic level, th

    The Try Guys do a good job of transferring their YouTube personas into book format. The overall message is simple and true to their brand. I enjoyed the numerous pictures and drawings, and the mixture of writing formats - from the more traditional narrative formats to the quirky back-and-forth dialogues.

    is a quick, easy read. It even manages to be a little inspiring too. When I reached the end, I even contemplated trying something new.

    I think, at a basic level, this book achieved what it set out to do. It's light and funny and encouraging. But, all in all, it's pretty surface level. Some sections were more engaging and thoughtful then others.

    is split into four sections, with each Try Guy focusing on a different aspect of their life: Keith tackles health, Ned explores fashion, Zach focuses on love, and Eugene attempts to engage more deeply with his family. While each focuses on something different, throughout the book, all four continually share their own experiences. I'm glad they did this, because it made for a more engaging book. It helped beef up some of the weaker sections and allowed for more insight into each of their lives.

    I was interested in reading this book because I wanted to know more about the people behind The Try Guys. Going in, I thought there would be more memoir-like introspection. While there was a little bit of that, most of the book stayed on the surface and didn't offer any more insight into the Guys' lives.

    I was most disappointed by the health section because it felt particularly shallow. It mostly just focused on the superficial reluctance to change one's lifestyle. There was no explanation for why Keith chose a vegan diet. It also didn't address anything beyond motivation when it comes to health. What about costs? Eating vegan can be a costly (both in terms of time and money) lifestyle.

    All in all, I applaud The Try Guys for their willingness to try new things. None of this book is radical or particularly new, but they definitely spin it in their own unique way.

  • Jackie

    I feel like a load of garbage giving this a low rating, but alas, I must be true to myself and acknowledge that I did not enjoy this. The Try Guys are one of my favorite mainstream YouTubers. I have watched them for years and their comedic timing and originality in their videos is phenomenal. However... this book was rough. I purchased the audiobook, and I believe this was my biggest mistake. It read exactly like an extended version of their Podcast. I could not tell if this book was supposed to

    I feel like a load of garbage giving this a low rating, but alas, I must be true to myself and acknowledge that I did not enjoy this. The Try Guys are one of my favorite mainstream YouTubers. I have watched them for years and their comedic timing and originality in their videos is phenomenal. However... this book was rough. I purchased the audiobook, and I believe this was my biggest mistake. It read exactly like an extended version of their Podcast. I could not tell if this book was supposed to be a self help novel, or just sporadic anecdotes patting themselves on the back about how great and hard working they have been the past few years. The actual narration and jumping from "author" to "author" was off-putting to me, as it just felt like they were talking between themselves and not to me, as the reader. And the yelling... Keith and Ned screaming a bunch of frustrated lines throughout their narration was just annoying. I do not like listening to men scream frustrations into a microphone during my drive to work.

    I think this book could have benefited from another 2 years of work, and a ton more talented editors to give them guidance. I just can't get over feeling like the Try Guys latest "try" was to try writing a novel all by themselves with no professional help. And as an avid reader, it frankly frustrated the hell out of me.

  • Buttons

    The guys changed a lot over the years and I think we can gain from their experiences - their numerous trys, their personal life and their working life. I am looking forward to reading this ♥

  • mary

    Can’t wait to read this! I’m so happy that the guys are writing an honest book on growth and journey. As I do from their videos, I’m sure I’ll learn a lot that I can apply to myself. So excited!

  • Isabelle

    OMG. The Try Guys try writing a book!!!

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