Broadcasting Failure

Posted by Daniel in Advice, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Gen-Y, Good Business, Jobs, Life, Uncategorized

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I recently read an article in the Harvard Business Review entitled Why I Hire People Who Fail. Not to spoil it, as I recommend everyone read the article, but the premise is quite simple, “mistakes are the predecessors to innovation and success,” so without mistakes and failures, there can be no innovation or success.

In light of my last post, this article opened my eyes to see that failure is good. Dots started connecting in my head, if failure is good and something I should be proud of then why are my failures not showcased on my resume?

What sort of response would I get if I added a section titled “Failures;” on it I could list a variety of things that would definitely add more insight to who I am than a bland list of prior employers. Besides my failures are way more interesting than my (to date) successes and I know that I have learned more in my failures than in my successes.

What sounds better? Listing the duties of a generic role like “Financial Analyst” or listing where you went wrong and what you learned after stating “Failed at Founding a Social Network for Pets.”

If I were hiring, I know which one would interest me more.

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One comment

  1. Thomas Carney

    If we are moving towards a more entrepreneurial world with less jobs for life, people will have to start loving to fail. I think the hardest part is that many 20 year olds have always got top marks in school and in college, and then suddenly face a situation where they’ve done excellent work, yet failed objectively.

    Nassim Nicholas Taleb, a great writer, makes the point that we should treat failed entrepreneurs in the same way as fallen soldiers, rather than forgetting them and focusing on the winners (who may or may not be winners by chance).

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