We are taught to conform from an early age. Concepts, such as, success, failure or happiness are externally determined. Our very approach to failure, then, is mechanical and binary. We see it as the opposite of success. Breaking such barriers, 'Why We Fail' suggests that our perception of success and failure is contingent on what we consider to be our purpose in life. And to find our life’s true purpose, it inspires us to move to a continuum approach, with an elevating interplay of passion, compassion and dispassion. This thought-provoking book, written by a scholar-diplomat, offers a refreshingly alternate perspective on how it is within our power to rise above failure and lead a fulfilling life. Amit Dasgupta, a former Indian diplomat, is presently engaged in the area of education, especially the mentoring of students and young audiences on how the secret behind problem solving lies in learning how to see ourselves and the world differently.