Life Lessons From A Total Failure by M.J. Dougherty…Review




None of us have all the right answers. Certainly not on the first try. But what we do have are experiences, mentors, friends, family, and even enemies from which we learn. And in my case, I sure did a lot of learning. I can’t offer you the right answers. And even if I could, what’s right for me might not be ideal for you. What I can promise you is unfettered candor. From leaving home as a teenager to living and working abroad, from starting my own small business to knowing when it was time to accept defeat, from chasing my dreams to relishing life’s challenges. I have embraced what makes me unique. And I hope my story inspires you to do the same.

My Review:

Life Lessons From A Total Failure is the freshman work from author M.J. Dougherty and to say this story had me glued to each page would be a gross understatement.

I’m not sure exactly what one thing I can say I enjoyed most about reading M.J.’s journey. It could be the candid look back at his past. It could be the inspiration behind the attempts at creating a new life endeavor. It could be reading about the relationships he made and let go of along the way. It could be the light found at the darkest moments in his history. It could be his accepting of his true self and the joy that came when he did. In truth, it’s all of those things and so much more.

From start to finish this book was so damn relatable when it comes to forging ahead when life seems like things can’t get any worse and when you feel like you’re alone and adrift in this crazy world. Life is hard. Life can really suck at times. M.J. didn’t sugar coat things as he looked back on his past events, and I absolutely loved it. I appreciated it. I loved his raw emotion at times and his ability to take those dark moments and leave us with a list of positive inspirations at the very end. A list I will no doubt be sharing with as many people as I can. It’s an inspiring and touching list of things we tend to forget along the way, thanks to the daily craziness we all endure.

This is a story I know will touch so many people, because, at the end of the day, we are all just trying to do our best and make our way in the world.

Thank you, M.J., for telling us your story.


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About the author:


M.J. is excited to share his story with the world in his new book, Life Lessons from a Total Failure, published by The Hodge Podge House Publishing, Los Angeles, CA. In this raw, roller coaster of a book, M.J. shares his journey with his readers in hopes it inspires them to lead the life they allows knew they should have.


M.J. is a dynamic crowd pleaser who has been known to grace stages as a host, MC, and motivational speaker. Whether speaking to a crowd of thousands or a small, intimate group, M.J.’s smile and sincerity helps an audience to relax, enjoy, and engage. For booking information, email bookings@mjdougherty.com.


Whether playing a role on a major film or TV show, or just blending into the background as an extra, M.J. loves being on set. As the guy who lived life as a TV character, M.J. is loving life everyday in Los Angeles acting and singing on sets and stages across the city. For more information, reel, and resume check out M.J.’s iMDB page.

Visit his website for more information

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