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By: Laura Fitch

Failure — it burns, but it’s necessary. Think of it as jet fuel propelling you toward future successes. The question is: how do you get the most mileage out of your latest flop?

Having your efforts detonate in your face isn’t a pleasant experience and it can take time to clean up the mess, both literally and metaphorically. These five books touch on various aspects of failure, and how to leverage and learn from them as you move on to your next best effort.

So grab a copy or five, snuggle up and get down to some reading that will cover the basics of failure, and how to use it to your advantage. …

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There’s one thing we can all agree on: these are Fucked Up times.

But given that every business is different, there is no template solution to navigate this uncertain climate.

Last week Fuckup Nights Toronto partnered with Xero and hosted a panel of entrepreneurs and small business experts who are in the trenches. They shared their knowledge of business pivots, mental health and resilience, and resources for businesses. And of course, they shared some failure stories as well.

Couldn’t make it? Don’t worry, we got covered you here with three significant takeaways. But first, who spoke?

Sheena Brady

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Are you thinking of starting a podcast? Podcasts have become increasingly popular for audiences to hear interesting stories or to learn new skills. Although it seems easy to just grab a microphone and start recording a podcast, there are several areas that you need to focus on before you start, in order to…well, not fuck up your podcast!

1. Understand the goal of your podcast

To begin, you need to understand what the objective of your podcast is. Consider what you want your show to be about and what the best way to tackle that is. …

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We are living with less than $200 in our bank accounts and credit card debt in the thousands. And I’m spending all of our money on random half-baked get rich quick ideas…

It is Autumn 2008.

I’m living on unemployment.
I got fired from my crappy IT recruiting job in New York City.

Even getting fired from a crappy job is terrible.

People made the conscious decision that I wasn’t good enough.
They sat around in their crappy office talking about how crappy I am and decided to fire me.

How am I too crappy to work at this crappy company in this crappy job?

This was the first time in my life that I felt a total lack of control.
I had other jobs, but I left them on my own terms. Because I was ready to move on. …

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“Even the ugliest junctures of our lives can eventually be beautiful ones if we change our perspective and choose development over stagnancy.”

It took me way too long to write this article. Actually, it took me way too long to even begin writing this article. I bounced ideas around, glanced at the deadline swiftly written on my whiteboard, put it on my to-do list, and then off my to-do list. You see, I’m a perfectionist. Now, most of the time people believe perfectionists to be the ones who get the articles done quickly and error free but I’m not that type of perfectionist. I’m the type that will procrastinate to all ends if I know it won’t be as perfect as I imagined it to be. …

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“I became someone who experienced failure but wasn’t one”

I was laid off on a Monday morning in October. I don’t remember exactly what my new boss said to me, other than it wasn’t my fault and that these things happen. I sat stunned. Then I realized I had to tell my boyfriend and parents that I was part of the “workforce reduction.” Crying behind closed doors, I thanked my boss for letting me go in a nice way. He was my 3rd boss in 10 months. He brought me tissues.

This was my first “big job” out of graduate school. I graduated valedictorian from high school, summa cum laude from undergrad, and top of my class in grad school. This job was supposed to mean I “made it.” I was told my entire life that I needed to get good grades to get a good job. …


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