How To Fail
The modern world demands one thing above all else: that we succeed. And so the stories we tell ourselves are ones around striving, overcoming huge odds and eventually winning, normally in some important sector of the economy. Society has a particularly harsh word reserved for those who don’t make it. They are – society says - ‘losers’.
Our society knows so much about preparing for success; and yet it pays recklessly little attention to the far more likely and urgent matter: how we can handle failure with dignity, understanding, wisdom — and perhaps a touch of humour.
How to Fail teaches us about:
- The perfectionist drive in the modern world, where it comes from and how best to respond to it
- Our parents: what they wanted and how we fear disappointing them
- What lies at the heart of the dread of failing, especially as it relates to a loss of status and dignity
- What it means to fail ‘well’
- The real statistics of success; and how good we are at denying them
- The Ancient Greek idea of noble failure and the Zen Buddhist notion of good imperfection
- The media’s influence on our understanding of failure and success
How to Fail seeks to equip us with the tools to handle failure on our own terms – which is a success of its own.
We leave with a grown-up understanding of what we are up against and a consoling impression of the universality of reversal, imperfection and a degree of melancholy. No life is free of failure, and so we realise that failing well is an art all of its own – one of the most necessary we could ever learn.
6.15 pm Drinks & welcome in our classroom
6.30 pm Class begins (short break included)
9.30 pm Class finishes
‘Success is most often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.’
- Coco Chanel
Eyal Halamish has been an activist, lobbyist, political staffer, management consultant for Fortune 500 companies in banking and mining and a social entrepreneur. He is currently the CEO of OurSay, an organisation which helps leaders level with their communities with easy to use technologies. His organisation has received a Crikey Media Innovation Award and the International Association of Public Participation Core Values Award in 2013 for helping civic leaders make relevant decisions by keeping their communities close. Eyal is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, Sandboxer, Unreasonable Institute Fellow, and Center for Sustainability Leadership Fellow. Social change and making a difference is in his blood.