The “F” Word: Resources to Help You Cope with Failure

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We’ve scoured the net and our network to find resources and support to help you deal with failure. You are not alone. Don’t let mistakes and missed opportunities hold you back from realizing your visions in the world.

Post your failure story on a website.

Go to – Failure happens. This is a community and a resource to encourage new levels of transparency, collaboration and innovation across the for-purpose sector.

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Listen to TED talks.

Elizabeth Gilbert’s Success, Failure and the Drive to Keep Creating

Sarah Lewis  Embrace  the Near Win

Kathryn Schulz  Don’t Regret  Regret

J.K. Rowling Benefits of Failure


Read books.

Adapt: Why Success Always Starts with Failure  by Tim Harford

Adapt by Tim Harford

Harford argues that today’s challenges simply cannot be tackled with ready-made solutions and expert opinion; the world has become far too unpredictable and profoundly complex. Instead, we must adapt.


Outliers  by Malcolm Gladwell

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Gladwell’s book makes you feel a bit better about those around you who are rocketing to success faster than you can blink. He builds a convincing case for how successful people rise on a tide of advantages, “some deserved, some not, some earned, some just plain lucky.”

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Wild - Cheryl Strayed

The memoir from a woman looking back at her 22nd year, when her mother died and she was newly divorced and prone to making colossal mistake after mistake. Although she had never hiked in her life, she decides to hike the Pacific Crest Trail for three months by herself to find peace and self again.

The Founder’s Dilemma: Anticipating and Avoiding the Pitfalls That Can Sink a Startup (The Kauffman Foundation Series on Innovation and Entrepreneurship) by Noam Wasserman

founders dilemma

Wasserman examines the early decisions by entrepreneurs that can make or break a startup and its team.


Share at conferences.




  • FailCon  – FailCon is a one-day conference for technology entrepreneurs, investors, developers and designers to study their own and others’ failures and prepare for success. Conferences have happened in Amsterdam, Bangalore, Paris, Atlanta, Tehran, Barcelona and Sydney.

Fear and Fail Conference


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