Professor puts CV of his failures online to give perspective

30 April 2016

A Princeton University professor has published a CV of his career failures as a way to give perspective to students who are feeling discouraged.

Johannes Haushofer (YO'-hawn HOWS'-haw-fer) writes atop the CV that most of what he tries fails, but those failures are often invisible. The assistant professor of psychology says it gives the wrong impression that most things work out for him, so people "are more likely to attribute their own failures to themselves."

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The CV is divided into sections with titles like "Degree programs I did not get into" and "Academic positions and fellowships I did not get."

He says he got the idea from an article in the journal Nature.

The list ends with a "Meta-Failure" that the CV has received "way more attention" than his entire body of academic work.

-AP

30 April 2016

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