CV of Failures
Last week, I read about Johannes Haushofer’s “CV of Failures.”
Haushofer is an assistant professor of psychology and public affairs at Princeton University. He wrote: “Most of what I try fails, but these failures are often invisible, while the successes are visible. I have noticed that this sometimes gives others the impression that most things work out for me…”
And so Haushofer listed the academic things that did not work out for him — degree programs he was not admitted to, grants he did not receive, etc. Haushofer says that the idea was not unique to him; it was inspired by a University of Edinburgh lecturer, Melanie Stefan.
Haushofer’s CV of Failures is here: http://bit.ly/HaushoferCV (downloads a PDF document.)
I admire Haushofer for starting this discussion. That said, I’m not quite ready to list all my failures, academically, or as a lawyer, a librarian, or a writer.
Is anyone out there braver than I am? What failures are you willing to share?