Wonderhell: Why Success Doesn’t Feel Like It Should . . . and What to Do About It

Publication Date:

April 2023



Original language and publisher

Territories Handled

World excl. English

Territories Sold

Arabic (Jarir)




  • International Book Awards: finalist for category Business – Careers
  • Winner of American Bookfest Best Book Awards (Business Motivation)
  • Foreword Award 2024 (finalist)

Wonderhell: Why Success Doesn’t Feel Like It Should . . . and What to Do About It


Packed with wide-ranging research, inspirational interviews, relatable hilarity, and just the right amount of edginess, Wonderhell is a hopeful and entertaining roadmap for anyone who has ever dreamed that they could be more. – Dr. Amy Cuddy, New York Times best-selling author of Presence

Wonderhell helps us make sense of the joy and anxiety, the promise and uncertainty, the fun and hardship that so often define moments of profound transformation. – Jonathan Fields, Best-selling author of Sparked, host of Good Life Project® podcast

With her inimitable mix of inspiration, relatability, and real talk, Laura Gassner Otting guides us to meet our potential. Wonderhell is a book for anyone and everyone who chooses to grow in life. – Dr. Susan David, #1 Wall Street Journal best-selling author of Emotional Agility

High achievers understand that the first success is just the first step to what you can accomplish. Part cheerleader, part roadmap, Wonderhell perfectly lights the way for those who dare to dream bigger. – Amy Purdy, New York Times best-selling author of On My Own Two Feet, 3x Paralympic Medalist, Oprah 100

Wonderhell packs Laura’s beautiful writing, passionate stories, and seasoned wisdom into the ultimate guide to finding balance in our success. If you want to set your intentions and priorities, learn to find peace, and embrace the potential for the life you’ve always wanted—read this book! – Dr. Marshall Goldsmith, Thinkers50 #1 Executive Coach and New York Times best-selling author of What Got You Here Won’t Get You There

Laura Gassner Otting reimagines the stories we tell ourselves about success and shows how mixed emotions like fear, uncertainty, and stress that accompany success are often a sign that we’re on the right track. – Ozan Varol, Best-selling author of Think Like a Rocket Scientist

With actionable insights and an intuitive framework, Wonderhell is a bold invitation that every entrepreneur must read. – Kara Goldin, Founder of Hint Water, and Wall Street Journal best-selling author of Undaunted

A wise, loving, laugh-out-loud funny guide / kick in the pants for navigating the inevitable (but rarely discussed) fear we face on the path to success. For anyone who wants to be more and do more, Wonderhell will help you turn confusion into confidence, exhaustion into exhilaration, and worry into winning. – Dr. Tasha Eurich, Organizational Psychologist and New York Times best-selling author of Bankable Leadership and Insight

Have you ever accomplished something you weren’t so sure you could do?

It’s exciting! It’s incredible! It’s amazing! Success! It’s kind of wonderful, right?

The work you did opened more doors than you ever thought possible. But, it also teased the opportunity of even more doors that you never thought possible.

And, maybe, just maybe, as you peeked out into what could be… you admitted to yourself: “I might want more.”

Instead of success bringing you happiness, it handed you an increased hunger, a faster pace, bigger goals. And with that increased hunger, faster pace, and bigger goals also came uncertainty, self-doubt, anxiety… stress.

Success is wonderful. But it’s also kinda hell.

Welcome to Wonderhell, that space in your psyche where the burden of your newly discovered potential plops down, unpacks its backpack and asks: “Hey, you! Whatcha got for me?”

Living in an ambitious, results-oriented society, we think of these turbulent emotions as necessary evils – a byproduct of our rise to the top. We think we have to hold on by our fingernails and just hope to survive these moments.

But we are wrong. We can learn to thrive in these moments instead.

Living in this newfound potential can be exciting rather than exhausting. Emotions like fear, anxiety, and uncertainty are not collateral damage, slings and arrows to be absorbed and swallowed down, silenced and pushed aside. Rather, each emotion is a portal that shows us what more we can do, if we recognize that on the other side of this Wonderhell is simply the next one, and the next one, and the next one after that.

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