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In 2011 I had to move back to Germany, because one of my projects didn’t work out. I spent the last 1.5 years in a country where I barely spoke the language, didn’t have any proper business experience and tried to build up a company in an industry I didn’t know anything about.
It might have been one of the most foolish things I’ve ever done in my life, even though I would say a lot of other stuff I did was pretty close to it. So here I was. Back in my home town, trying to find a job after one of the biggest failures in my life.
I was constantly worried about whether or not I would find a job as someone who had the word “failure” written all over his face. Would people consider me unemployable?
Luckily, I didn’t have too much time to think about it (not having too much time to think about stressful stuff is always good).
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I needed a job. And I needed one as fast as possible. I lost all my money and needed some kind of backup plan.
The odds were against me. I was an outlaw in a world where straight forward CVs were everything and weird looking CVs were despised. That was at least my thinking back then.
I started sending out CVs nonetheless. And to my surprise I was invited to interview for a position in technology & innovation at one of the seemingly most conservative companies in Germany.
And I did it! I nailed the job interview and had a job offer just two weeks after I sent out my application. So does this mean that failed entrepreneurs are generally always employable?
I guess there are two things worth considering here:
1) There are people that will not hire you BECAUSE you failed.
2) There are people that will hire you BECAUSE you tried something new and learned your lessons.
Now you choose. Which person would you rather want to work with?
If you say 1) then don't try out new things and stick to the stuff you're already doing right now. But if you say 2) then just go ahead explore, dream and start learning your lessons.