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You Are Not Failing Enough

Posted by Bob Corlett on December 3, 2012

If you want to build the kind of career that will survive the next decade, you need to fail more. In the Washington job market, most people don’t confront failure every day. Most people have nice jobs, in nice offices. And just like turkeys on the turkey farm, everything is going great all year … until one very surprising day in November. Every day I talk to people who never worried about their jobs …until they suddenly didn’t have one.

So, what do I mean by saying, “You are not failing enough?” I mean you need to experiment, try new things, and come up with new ways of doing the same work that gets better results at a lower cost. “Why bother?” you may ask. Here’s why; to interview successfully in this job market, you need to be ready to share examples of how you overcame adversity in your current job and got results in a difficult, competitive environment. You need to show grit, resilience and determination to get results. You need to show how you failed, and got right back up again to tried something else. Most resumes I see are from people who are coasting along, complaining about their current job, and hoping for the best.

Hope is not a good career strategy.

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