Given the choice between a job candidate with a perfect resume and one who has fought through difficulty, human resources executive Regina Hartley always gives the “Scrapper” a chance. As someone who grew up with adversity, Hartley knows that those who flourish in the darkest of spaces are empowered with the grit to persist in an ever-changing workplace. “Choose the underestimated contender, whose secret weapons are passion and purpose,” she says. “Hire the Scrapper.”




Let’s face it, the vast majority of us have experienced their own IKEA nightmare at least once. “Where does this screw go? Am I looking at the manual at the right angle? Oh s**t, I’ve assembled a mirror image!”

Truth is, designing an instruction manual requires a lot of collective effort from a variety of people, and those funny little booklets we get from IKEA are possibly in a class of their own.




You’re not at your best when you’re stressed. In fact, your brain has evolved over millennia to release cortisol in stressful situations, inhibiting rational, logical thinking but potentially helping you survive, say, being attacked by a lion. Neuroscientist Daniel Levitin thinks there’s a way to avoid making critical mistakes in stressful situations, when your thinking becomes clouded — the pre-mortem. “We all are going to fail now and then,” he says. “The idea is to think ahead to what those failures might be.”




We all do crazy things from time to time. After all, “we’re never gonna survive unless we get a little crazy.” But sometimes those crazy things that we do might affect our very ability to survive.




The idea of failure has a special place in the world of entrepreneurship, and it’s often regarded as the best teacher. If you haven’t failed at least once, you haven’t really learnt anything.

Well, it all looks good on paper and sounds reasonable, especially when it doesn’t apply to you directly. So, how does the idea of noble failure work in practice?