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A Failure Resume

Last updated June 27, 2022

Imposter Syndrome has been hitting really hard lately. Sometimes, it makes me feel like I don’t deserve a lot of my current accomplishments and that I need to work even harder just to feel like I deserve what I have right now. I came across the concept of a failure resume1 a while ago. It’s a list of things that didn’t exactly go according to plan, and the lessons learned.

The more I think about it, the more I realize that a failure resume is a great way to document all the spectacular ways you’ve worked hard towards your own goals and accomplishments. In some ways, it validates your struggle and your effort.

I’ve recently been inspired by both Kate Huang2 and Joice Tang’s3 failure resumes and decided to make my own. What I wanted to try with this failure resume is, rather than focusing on the individual failures themselves, note what I learned from each of them. Hopefully, it’ll serve as a powerful reminder to myself of how much I’ve struggled to get to where I am and why I deserve to be here. And more importantly, it serves as a place to reflect and learn from the past and be less scared of failure in the future.

A 2021 update: Keeping a failure resume has let me be so much more ambitious in trying new things and applying for things I would otherwise think I’m unqualified to apply for! I’m really glad I started this.

Now with all that stuff out of the way, here’s the juicy list you’ve been waiting for:

# 2022

# 2021

# 2020

# 2019

# 2018

  1. New York Times ↩︎

  2. Kat Huang’s ↩︎

  3. Joice Tang’s ↩︎

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