• I Hope I Screw This Up

  • How Falling in Love with Your Fears Can Change the World
  • By: Kyle Cease
  • Narrated by: Kyle Cease
  • Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (651 ratings)

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I Hope I Screw This Up

By: Kyle Cease
Narrated by: Kyle Cease
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A New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly best seller!

If Eckhart Tolle and Jim Carrey had a baby, that baby would be Kyle Cease.

After 25 years of achieving what he thought were his dreams of being a headlining touring comedian and actor, Kyle Cease suddenly discovered that the belief that "when something happens, I will be happy" is a complete lie. With nothing more than an intuition, he decided to quit his stand-up career at its peak, and now - as a transformational comedian - he brings his one-of-a-kind self-help wisdom to sold-out audiences in his Evolving Out Loud Live stage show.

In I Hope I Screw This Up, he disarms listeners as he leads them to their own personal breakthroughs, helping them to recognize that actual happiness and fulfillment is available to them - not in some distant future, but right now. As he has shown audiences all over the world, when you embrace your pain, fear, and vulnerability instead of pushing it away, you will discover an authentic creativity and power that is truly unstoppable.

Using self-deprecating personal stories and hilarious observations on life, Kyle unravels the deepest issues standing between us and emotional freedom. From discovering the never-ending opportunities that come from playing - and going with whatever comes up in the moment - to learning to let go of what feels heavy in our lives, this book is a journey into the endless possibility that can appear if we just dare to let go of our fear of screwing up.

This is not motivation. This is not inspiration. This is true transformation.

©2017 Evolving Out Loud, Inc. (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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Wanders, Hits A Truth, Then Wanders Again

I generally think comedians have genuine and hyper-intelligent observations that the rest of us can only appreciate, not demonstrate on our own. And such it is with Kyle Cease's I Hope I Screw This Up.
But that's the bad part, the part that keeps this from becoming a super tool for self-awareness and personal growth. There's plenty of good here but, just as Cease comes upon a truth, wham! He's off to the races on some humorous meanderings that keep you from being able to ingest what he has to offer. And there are plenty of poignant bits in this book that make that such a pity. He keeps saying things like: Back to the point, and: What I started out saying. How disappointing; how diverting.
I'd keep coming up on genuine connections then I'd be distracted by yes, quite chuckle-inducing bits. But I'm a Self-Development person and focus is key for true enlightenment. The guy can't help it that he's funny. But he could've made certain parts funny and certain parts serious rather than letting the book just wander.
Not a popular review, I know, but there you go. If humor is what you're looking for, with a few serious and enlightening bits, this book is for you. If you're looking for a true tool for self-development, you might be a tad exasperated as the digressions are all over the place. I applaud his intention, but I regret the execution: Good bits, wandering, more wandering, good bits, then wandering again and again.

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Don't drink and listen or spit-takes will result

I'm listening to the foreword and love it already!!! I have read the hard copy of the book, and know it's awesome, but I have a feeling there are many delightful surprises tucked away in the audio version. Kyle is so damn funny and super insightful! I'll update this when I'm done, if that's possible, but get this book! Get it now!

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Wanted to love it but didn't

Frankly I felt annoyed by this book. Just when he FINALLY is about to make his point he's suddenly yelling (not literally) "squirrel!!" and then lickity split he's off on another tangent. Maybe the rambling humor appeals to most, but it's definitely not for me. At least not in the genre of self development books. Can't say I got anything out of this other than a bit annoyed.

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Strong start, progressively worse as it continues

I was laughing out loud during the beginning of this book. Kyle does a great job narrating and keeping things entertaining. I found the content helpful until he started making wild claims like equating death with life. I couldn't listen much farther past that point because the woo content had exceeded my tolerance level.

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love every single thing about this book!

im buying the book. that's how good it is.
there's nothing I can say that will show how enlightening it is. JUST LISTEN TO IT!

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Was not expecting this!

I was not expecting this! The title caught my attention but within the first 5 minutes I was already a fan. I hope Kyle puts out more books as I would read them all. Made so many bookmarks that I'll have to go back and really dive in.

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Too many bits, too meta, too unfocused

First of all for me start by saying I really enjoyed the illusion of money. It was (more) focused, had minimal humorous bits, which made them more impactful.

“I hope I screw this up”, Would get so inundated with comedic bits that stem off each other in a self-referential fractal of cheesy humor that it became a chore to listen to. I often found myself skipping ahead, hoping to grasp onto something grounded but I will always find myself in the middle of a bit.

Also this book is mostly about Kyle writing this book, which makes me wonder why I am even listening to it. I was kind of hoping for more inspiration for self reflection rather than hearing his journey about writing this book.

All of that being said, I feel like he has the potential to write something great again, but I would encourage him to use more research and more facts, so we don’t get lost in an over abundance of flowery prose and non-sequitor anecdotals.

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Couldn’t get through the book

I found him more annoying than funny. Couldn’t figure out if/when he got to an actual point.

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What disappointed you about I Hope I Screw This Up?

the introduction with the intermittent whispering was almost unbearable. it actually made me hate the book by setting up a very awkward, annoying, and frankly, cheap setting. I cannot express how much I hated it.

Would you ever listen to anything by Kyle Cease again?

Nope. I am sure he has fans. But I will never spend my money on his products again. I might be missing out, but I'm sure I will be just fine.

Would you be willing to try another one of Kyle Cease’s performances?

NO. I hated every second I listened to. And if the whispering in the opening didn't set up such a horrible experience, I may have not hated the rest of it. the only audiobook I have returned. I literally hated this.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

The only reaction I had was how much I hated it and how the attempts to be "casual" and funny just fell flat. Pandering is being kind.

Any additional comments?

I am sure this may be for some listeners out there, but not for me. I hated everything about it. Maybe it got better, but I am not wiling to invest my time to find out. I feel like I wasted enough.

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I couldn't get past 2nd Chapter

I wish someone just read the book instead of all the emotion and whining. Sorry I just couldn't get through the 2nd chapter

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