Failure is "in"

Failure is a word we all fear. To fail is the worst thing that can happen to one…but modern thinking is turning this concept on its head and looking at failure in a different light.


Failure as a concept


Researcher, Tina Seelig at Stanford University requires students to write a CV based on their failures and shortcomings instead of highlighting their achievements and strong points in order to recognise how these failures assist them with their growth and development.


Failure as a resume


Jeff Scardino, creative at Ogilvy and Mather, took this a step further. He created a CV which highlighted his failures, non-skills and bad references. He applied for 10 jobs, which he thought he was qualified to do, sending his regular resume and his “relevant resume” with different names and addresses.

Jeff’s regular resume received no response, but from his “relevant resume” he received 5 meeting requests and 8 responses. The huge response indicates an appreciation of his honesty.  Download more info about Jeff’s experiment.


Failure is “in”


We all know that failure can lead to success as Jeff’s experiment proves. Astounding growth and innovation can come from failure – so can you afford to conquer your fear of failure in such a dramatic way?


Failure risk


Taking risks is certainly a way toward rewards and success, but you may find that you have commitments to take such a huge leap as a “relevant resume”. The most crucial thing is to be unafraid of your fears, in order to make progress. Perhaps you will find that taking small risks suits you better, but if you ready for a huge leap, construct your “relevant resume” today.


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