Why You Should Write A CV Of Failures

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We know what it takes to be successful, lots of hard work and probably a pretty great CV. If you’re rejected a few times, it’s easy to believe that you should just give up – society has a pretty harsh few of failures, we tend to fear them more than anything else, but what if you started to keep a log of your failures in a handy CV format?

That’s just what Professor Johannes Haushofer did, taking inspiration from other professionals who had published their ‘CV Of Failures’, Johannes wrote his failures from memory and published them online. Needless to say, his CV quickly went viral and was picked up by many news and media outlets worldwide.

‘Most of what I try fails, but these failures are often invisible, while the successes are visible,’ he writes. In the spirit of this, now might just be the right time to start keeping track of your failures, rejections and unsuccessful attempts at getting what you want. Seeing the failures of so many successful leaders in their fields means that far from being the end of the road, failure is just a badge of honor amongst professionals.

The CV of failures ultimately achieved a ‘meta-fail’, as Haushofer proclaimed that it was more popular than his entire body of work, but I think we’re all so drawn to it because it removes some of the mysticism and magic of success. You don’t get to where you want to be without a few knock-backs, so get your pens at the ready girls and start documenting your CV!

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  • Lindsay L.

    This might actually be a revolutionery way of going about documenting our route to success! Because if you think about it; failure is just a round-about way of the universe redirecting your footsteps to finally achieve what you were supposed to do in the first place.
    So I say: “Yeah let’s all start publishing our cv of failures and stop removing the stigma of failure from our careers!”

    Great article by the way:)


  • Sara

    Interesting approach. Different things work for different people. Some have a master resume with all their achievements and work experience listed to see their growth and to plan out their future based on that but I can see this working too…


  • Ana

    Such a cool idea! I think that this might help someone to come clear with failures and accept that prefection does not exist. Good job, your blog is full of really special post ideas ;)

  • Camille Beygui

    That’s such a great idea

  • Mama Sow

    That is an awesome idea, I will get on it. thank you for sharing these insightful articles. Failing means we are trying. By writing them down we make sure we remember what we went through until today.

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