You’d think this academic had it all: a thriving career at a good college researching and teaching a subject he loves. But you’d be seeing one side of his work life, not his setbacks.
So Johannes Haushofer, an assistant professor of psychology at Princeton, posted his self-titled CV of Failures online for all to see. And then he tweeted about it.
New "publication": My CV of Failures! https://t.co/d8ot5vvynY— Johannes Haushofer (@jhaushofer) April 23, 2016
He divides his resume into sections:
*Degree programs I did not get into
*Academic positions and fellowships I did not get
*Awards and scholarships I did not get
*Research funding I did not get
Notice those three little words that keep cropping up?
So why did he do it? “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 [random]…” he writes on the resume.
Haushofer’s gesture struck such a nerve that people started posting their CVs of Failure too! And it’s a good lesson when we start to compare our “did not gets” to other people’s wins–working and personal.