Successful people fail: Get used to it. Embrace it.


I’m a big fan of openly discussing and accepting mistakes and failure (ever heard of a resume/CV that includes failures?). These tubes are an example of a mistake I made, as all 3 tubes were supposed to have 3mLs like the middle one). This mistake was no big deal and easily reversible. But like everyone else, I’ve made plenty of mistakes and had failures that have set me back much further. The PhD in Progress podcast calls failures “secret learning” and I love that! Let’s embrace secret learning opportunities.

Note: It’s especially important to be open about failures and rejection if you’re mentoring because your mentees need to get over their fear of failure.

I embrace mine so much so that I recently performed at an open mic a story about how I embrace my experiences with failure. If you’d like to read that story, get in touch!


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I've been writing about my weight loss (-100lbs, now just -80 bc of regain) for years. Now I also write about science. Find me at and say hi.

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