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Learning from Failure – My favorite mistakes


August 5
11:00 am - 12:00 pm CDT
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Rarely is there success without failure.

Daily as we work towards our dreams, tasks, or goals failure is inevitable. The key is, how are you embracing failure when it happens?

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “Failure doesn’t stop people, it’s how people handle failure that stops them”.

It’s almost impossible to find a success story that doesn’t have some kind of failure mixed in. Simply put this is because everyone experiences failure at some point in their life. The key to overcoming obstacles and becoming successful starts with learning from your mistakes. When failure strikes, ask yourself why it happened.

  1. Was it a result of something you did?
  2. Did something (or someone) from the outside play an unexpected part?
  3. Were you testing an experiment and failure was a part of the measurement?

The unfortunate thing about failure is that it is almost always connected to blame. When we’re kids when you failed you took the blame. As adults, when we fail we’re afraid to admit it because it means we may have to take the blame. However, in some cases, things could not have been done differently to prevent failure from happening. Many things may have contributed to why a program failed.

Ever try out a new recipe, completed the instructions exactly as written, but it failed anyway? There could be many things that contributed to you making a cracker rather than a cake, none of which were in your control.

  • Poorly written instructions
  • Instructions that were left out
  • Ingredients that were left out
  • Measurements that had typos
  • Incorrect images
  • The original recipe wasn’t tested appropriately

Therefore despite your best efforts, you ended up with a cake that would best be left out for the birds.

When it comes to those times, you may have to think deeply about your situation, your role in that situation, and not be afraid to do a little soul-searching. Last year, Michelle Ockers in the Learning Uncut Emergent Series, had a podcast episode dedicated to this topic:

Emergent Series: Accelerating Learning from Failure – Brian Murphy & Jeff Mariola

“We know learning from failure is anything but straightforward. In October 2019 a Fast Company article, Learning from Failure article, discussed the practice in startup companies of writing a failure postmortem upon closing down. Essentially they share what went wrong with the greater community. There appears to be huge pressure to keep up the facade of success when, in fact, things are falling apart around them. ” – Michelle Ockers, Learning Uncut Podcast

So here’s my question to you: What was your favorite mistake? What did it teach you? Was there an unexpected result?

Join us on August 5th where we talk about our favorite mistakes!

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Simply by registering to attend the coffee chat you will receive:

✅ Follow-up email with resources and extra goodies

✅ Copy of the video recording

✅ Copy of the chatbox transcription

✅ Copy of the full session transcript


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Learning from Failure – My favorite mistakes


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