How to Fail Successfully

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Published on March 9, 2014

Author: eekim



Keynote speech for Hult Prize social entrepreneurship finalists at Impact Hub San Francisco on March 9, 2014. Video of the talk is at:

How to Fail Gloriously Successfully Eugene Eric Kim March 9, 2014 San Francisco, CA

My Qualifications? • Founded two collaboration consultancies: Blue Oxen Associates and Groupaya • More horror stories than you can count, including failing at failing • Experimenting with ways to scale collaborative literacy. Most haven’t worked. • Lots of lessons learned at • Good at asking why

What are your qualifications? Think of a story where you were successful at overcoming adversity. Now think of a story where you failed magnificently.

Why do we care about failing?

We don’t. We care about solving hard problems.

Solving hard problems requires that we be good at learning.

This kind of learning is messy and hard.

How can we fail successfully?

1. Be real 2. Feel 3. Practice

1. Be real 2. Feel 3. Practice

It is not a badge of honor to fail. It’s a badge of honor to learn.

Failure as a Success Metric … … Something unexpected went wrong We learned from a previous mistake … …

Be Precise About Failure Failure Minimum Success Target Success Epic Success!

1. Be real 2. Feel 3. Practice

“Joyful” Funerals?! Aligning what you say with how you actually feel.

Be nice to yourself. Seriously!

1. Be real 2. Feel 3. Practice

Practice Falling!

“Fall down. Make a mess. Break something occasionally. Know that your mistakes are your own unique way of getting to where you need to be. And remember that the story is never over.” —Conan O’Brien, 2000 Harvard Commencement Speech

Thank you! Eugene Eric Kim Twitter: @eekim Drawings by Amy Wu of words & design. Cute nephews courtesy of my sister and brother-in-law. Some rights reserved. CC BY 4.0

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