Failures and struggles are part of each progress and career. But usually no one wants to talk about them.
A Princeton psychology professor has come up with idea to show people that that their failures and setbacks are as important as their successes. He decided to share his CV of failures on Twitter for the world to see.
It includes sections titled “Degree programs I did not get into,” “Research funding I did not get” and “Paper rejections from academic journals.”
The question is why did he created his CV of failures?
He was inspired by a 2010 Nature article by Melanie Stefan, a lecturer at the School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Edinburgh. Melanie suggested that keeping a visible record of your rejected applications can help others to deal with setbacks.
We try to hide our failures but they happen much more often than our successes.
CV of failures professor on what success really means
“I have noticed that this sometimes gives others the impression that most things work out for me,“ Haushofer said.
“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,” he added.
If his resume of failures is short, it might be because his memory is failing him, the professor said.
His post about his CV on failures become very popular. It was retweeted and liked more than a hundred times and people were inspired to create their own #cvoffailures.
I wrote my #cvoffailures yesterday and it somehow made me feel better.
— a. galvan (@dropvase) April 28, 2016
One user said “For every paper accepted in Science and Nature, I have seven rejections from them #CurriculumMortae #CVofFailures.”
Another one tweeted: “Rejection is part of life & proof of being creative, driven and stubborn.”
The idea for CV of failures grew so popular that Haushofer included it in his own resume as a “meta-failure”.
“This darn CV of failures has received way more attention than my entire body of academic work,” Haushofer said.
What’s your opinion? And how long is your CV of failures?