Why You Will Fail

SSDP failure boysLast week I shared with you on why I thought I failed on one of my recent projects. That article caught the interest of quite a few people, so it seemed to have hit a certain spot without my realizing.

For example, as a response to that post, I got an email from a cat, or rather from the “slave” of the cat, as it was written in the email. 🙂 Encouraging me to move forward, but also to take it slow, one step at a time – even if you don’t know whether you next step is your next small mistake or your next small win! That was a great help to move me out of the hole even further!

So speaking of cats, and taking things from the lighter side while continuing to fail, I would like to share with you the wisdom of a university professor who, in his own funny way tells a group of students on why they will fail to have a great career! It might have been you sitting in that chair listening to him.

Have a look at this video, in case you have not seen it yet. It helps you to get a bird’s eye perspective on things.

In case you have seen this video before, I encourage you do re-watch it, even if it is just the first three minutes which provide great essentials on why we should all look at failure differently. And also why we should give ourselves that certain push to avoid falling down some deliberate traps.


What do you think? Even if you might not have liked the sense of humor of this professor (that’s not what this is about), what is your key takeaway from his talk? Will you fail?

Write a short comment below to let us know what your takeaway is!

If you like, I can start with my key takeaway right here: “Go back to your dreams of when you were 5 years old, and reflect, are they really that crazy, or are they actually doable after all?”


Now, it’s your turn. Go!


Photo credit: Shenghung Lin


  1. Very interesting and funny talk. I think the humor helps because there are some hard questions he wants us to confront and ask ourselves.
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    • Jantje Bartels says:

      I agree, this topic is certainly not a light one, especially as failure is often seen negatively. Glad you liked his talk!

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