Princeton Professor Posts Resume Of His Failures For World To See

I’m applauding Princeton professor Johannes Haushofer who did something really bold–he posted a CV, a resume of all his FAILURES to his Twitter feed.

How refreshing is this during this age where everyone is boasting how great their life is.

So many are so quick to toot their own horn, it looks like success comes easy to everyone else?

That’s why Prof. Haushofer said he did it.

At the top of the CV, he writes, “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. As a result, they are more likely to attribute their own failures to themselves, rather than the fact that the world is stochastic, applications are crapshoots, and selection committees and referees have bad days. This CV of Failures is an attempt to balance the record and provide some perspective.”

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He includes a listing of degree programs he did not get into, academic positions and fellowships he did not get, and awards and scholarships he did not get.

He also lists what he calls his, “Meta-Failure.”

It happened this year.

“This darn CV of Failures has received way more attention than my entire body of academic work.”

Congratulations, Professor Haushofer, for such an honest, remarkable inspired work.

And having a sense of humor about life!

The professor gives credit for the idea to do this to an article in Nature by Melanie I. Stefan, who is a Lecturer in the School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Edinburgh.

The original article is here.

You can follow her on Twitter here.

Failure? You want failure? I’ve got plenty and share many of them in my new book, “Hope Possible: A Network News Anchor’s Thoughts On Losing Her Job, Finding Love, A New Career, And My Dog, Always My Dog.”

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Princeton Professor Posts Resume Of His Failures For World To See

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