To get to the top, you’re going to make some mistakes along the way. You’re definitely going to do something you wish you could take back. You’re going to remember that time that you embarrassed yourself in front of your colleagues for years to come.
In essense, you’re going to fuck up. And that’s okay!
Last Monday, Workhaus Market had the pleasure of hosting Fuckup Nights KW, Vol IV. Fuckup Nights is a global movement and event series that shares stories of professional failure.
Each quarter, Fuckup Nights KW gets three to four people to get up in front of a room full of strangers to share their own professional fuckup.
This takes a lot of guts to do, especially in an age of social media where we profess ourselves to be perfect and successful (see LinkedIn and Instagram). But, three brave members of the KW community bravely discussed one of their biggest fuckups:
Alex Kinsella – Principal of Kinsella Marketing and Creator of TL;WR Newsletter
Alex was at his university graduation where he realized he didn’t have a job lined up. Eventually, he got a job but he got complacent and was a bit of an asshole (his words, not ours!). The VP told him to fix his attitude or get out. We’ll let you figure out what he decided to do….
Ren Navarro – Founder of Beer Diversity
Ren ignored the red flags that led to her being fired from a job where she thought she was indispensable. After a 6-hour drinking binge and a sketchy photoshoot (look up #renning on Instagram), she now goes around the world to talk about inclusion in the workplace and (of course) beer!
Matt Martin – CEO and Co-Founder of ecosims inc.
Matt spent thousands of dollars and hours to get ready for their beta launch, which his team worked on for a year. They even threw a cool, rooftop party (as one does). The response? Crickets. He realized that he wasn’t asking good questions about his company and their offering. Rather, he only asked leading questions to get answers he wanted to hear. Eventually, he got to where he needed to be but it wasn’t without taking a few steps backwards first.
We also want to say a big thanks to organizers Marsha and Jeff for helping us organize this fantastic event and show off our awesome space in a brand new way!