How to Fail Successfully

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Keynote speech for Hult Prize social entrepreneurship finalists at Impact Hub San Francisco on March 9, 2014. Video of the talk is at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vez81f8SS2E

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How to Fail Successfully

  1. 1. How to Fail Gloriously Successfully Eugene Eric Kim March 9, 2014 San Francisco, CA
  2. 2. 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 fasterthan20.com • Good at asking why
  3. 3. What are your qualifications? Think of a story where you were successful at overcoming adversity. Now think of a story where you failed magnificently.
  4. 4. Why do we care about failing?
  5. 5. We don’t. We care about solving hard problems.
  6. 6. Solving hard problems requires that we be good at learning.
  7. 7. This kind of learning is messy and hard.
  8. 8. How can we fail successfully?
  9. 9. 1. Be real 2. Feel 3. Practice
  10. 10. 1. Be real 2. Feel 3. Practice
  11. 11. It is not a badge of honor to fail. It’s a badge of honor to learn.
  12. 12. Failure as a Success Metric … … Something unexpected went wrong We learned from a previous mistake … …
  13. 13. Be Precise About Failure Failure Minimum Success Target Success Epic Success!
  14. 14. 1. Be real 2. Feel 3. Practice
  15. 15. “Joyful” Funerals?! Aligning what you say with how you actually feel.
  16. 16. Be nice to yourself. Seriously!
  17. 17. 1. Be real 2. Feel 3. Practice
  18. 18. Practice Falling!
  19. 19. “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
  20. 20. Thank you! Eugene Eric Kim eekim@fasterthan20.com 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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