So. A lot of change is happening in my life. Tomorrow I’ll be taking off for a month in Taiwan, and after I return, I’ll be leaving the second company I co-founded, LeadWise.
This means I’ll be looking for my next thing - and I might need to update my resume (it’ls been a few years).
But before I do, inspired by Johannes Haushofer’s CV of Failures, I decided to put together a short list of my educational and professional failures.
As with Haushofer’s list, this is from memory so I’m sure there are more failures.
1996: Didn’t get into advanced math and English in Middle School
1998: Lost election for President of National Junior Honor Society
1998-2000: Never placed first in a karate tournament
1999-2002: Never got a speaking part in a school play
2000: Didn’t make varsity dance team
2002: Passed over for dance team captain
2002: Didn’t get accepted into Georgetown University
2004: Went through sorority rush and didn’t get a bid
2005: Didn’t make University of Miami’s President’s 100
2005: Didn’t get into a Harvard summer research program
2006: Lost election for Student Government Vice President
2009: Sent CEO of UBS a presentation with the word shit (instead of shift) in it
2013-Present: Have made a total of less than $500 from my writing
2013-Present: Not able to establish consistent writing habit
2014: Not chosen to speak at TEDx Coconut Grove
2014: Didn’t get into New Leaders Council
2015: Pretty much quit practicing yoga after completing yoga teacher training
2015: Failed to recruit 100 companies to LaunchCode within a 3-month deadline
2015: Resigned from LaunchCode after 7 months
2015: Design Thinking Miami was not awarded a Knight Foundation grant
2016: Didn’t get into Radical Partners’ Social Entrepreneurship Bootcamp
2017: Closed first company I co-founded, Design Thinking Miami, after 2.5 years of financial struggle
2017: 2nd cohort of Design for Miami cancelled due to low registration
2017: Leaving the 2nd company I co-founded, LeadWise after it merges with another company