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By PASCAL FINETTE

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Jun 24th, 2015 Share: Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn

Asking The Right Question

Society seems to condition us to think in a winning/losing pattern. Growing up in Germany I can attest to the (still) dominant believe that “failure is not an option / terrible”.

To this day, when I tell people in Germany that my first startup failed, the common commentary I get is: “Oh — that’s terrible. How did you cope with it?”

Overall this might be the worst possible reaction — as it doesn’t produce any useful insights.

Instead of asking:

  • Did you win?
  • Did you lose?
  • Did you fail?

Focus on the one right question:

What did you learn?


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