Failure promotes occupational success
Research demonstrates that what doesn't kill you, makes you stronger.
by Kayla Stoner, northwestern.edu
- People who experience failure in the beginning of their careers later go on to develop winning strategies.
- This gives credence to the proverb “what does not kill me makes me stronger.”
- The association between failure and success was assessed for scientists new to their field. Initial failure was shown to lead to future success for those that continued their attempts.
“The attrition rate does increase for those who fail early in their careers. But those who stick it out, on average, perform much better in the long term, suggesting that if it doesn’t kill you, it really does make you stronger.” - Yang Wang , postdoctoral fellow at Kellogg,