I was recently listening to a podcast from the Standford Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Seminar by Tina Seeling. She has an assignment in one of her classes for students to write a failure resume. While typical resumes focus on successes, she suggests that we learn more by understanding our failures.
Why? To me, failures and shortcomings define your learning. Great failures and great successes are closely related. By focusing on failures, you find new ways to approach old problems and ensure you grow, compensate, and become more successful. Brad says it well: “The meta-message was that we all suck at some things; understanding them and being able to articulate them is the first step to addressing (or managing) them.” They also keep us humble.
So, what do you suck at?
PS: If you don’t subscribe to the ETL seminars, which are freely available on the Stanford site or on iTunes, I highly recommend them.