Why You Should Write A CV Of Failures


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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