Fuck Up Nights: how can something so wrong feel so right?

by Mitchell Tweedie, Sep 26, 2017

Success is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.
After a hard day at work, have you ever wanted to hear stories of epic fuckups made by interesting people and the lessons they have learned? Sometimes the best motivation is knowing that no one is bulletproof. More times than not, successes emerge from failures. For those of you who fear failure, hate making mistakes, or just want to hear about other people screw up, Fuckup Night is coming to the Gold Coast on 4 October. Our founder Eban Escott will talk alongside two other guests, including Queensland’s first Chief Entrepreneur Mark Sowerby. With guests this big comes bigger fuckups and even bigger lessons!

You may be asking yourself what is the advantage of hearing about a bunch of failures, other than being able to feel really good about yourself afterward. Well, Eban has hinted at the answer in a sneak peak of his talk: “I would say the biggest fuckups are the ones you make more than once. Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results, that’s a fuck up! Mistakes happen, but if they can be learned inside a framework where retrospectives feed back into improvements, then lots of great learning can be made from them”. 

While the buzz for this evening is taking over Codebots HQ, we want to make sure everyone who loves all things innovation and startups has the opportunity to access such an awesome event. If you are already involved or want to get involved in the startup community, Fuckup Nights are a super valuable tool to encourage you to fail. Organiser of the Gold Coast Fuckup night, Tiah Goldstein, explains that “there is a lot of hype right now in the startup scene and a perception that 'it’s easy' can be a barrier to success.” In fact, if we learn to understand that it is the failures that can sometimes bring the biggest growth, we will become more likely to take risks and therefore more likely to succeed. 

A great example of this is Dov Moran, an Israeli entrepreneur whose company created the memory stick. He invested millions into developing the world’s smallest phone, only to have the demand for small phones plummet after Apple’s release of the iPhone. However, Mr Moran often describes his fuckup as a positive point in his career because it allowed him to go wild with ideas.

A night where successful entrepreneurs are getting up and talking about the fact that it’s ok to mess up is great proof that failures aren’t the end; they are simply valuable lessons. In the Australian startup scene, the perception that fuckups are failures needs to change because without these mistakes we would never learn how to make progress. If you want to find out more about how to accept your failures, grab a ticket to the upcoming Fuckup Night. Its a guarantee they will sell out!

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