An international movement encouraging professionals to speak openly and honestly about their failures is celebrating its third year in Montreal on Tuesday with a storytelling and networking event featuring entertainment empresario Andy Nulman.
Fuckup Nights (FUN) and the Failure Institute hold monthly events in 318 cities worldwide where participants share tales of their major fuckups and, more importantly, what they learned following the experiences. It all began in Mexico City in 2014, when a group of young professionals began commiserating about their failures, quickly realizing that everyone had at least one major fuckup story.
“Here’s why discussing your fuckups in public is important,” Nulman said, “you realize that you are not alone, and that everyone screws up… although yours still is the worst of the bunch!”Riviere, who is also a certified yoga instructor, believes these events also work in favour of another phenomenon of the modern workplace: mindfulness.
“The research around failure points to defining it as a state of mind, and that the antidote is to adopt a growth mindset,” Riviere added. “Watching the patterns of business, you see an inevitable rise and fall, emotions evoked, and opportunities for learning and development after each challenge… the journey builds awareness, resilience, adaptability and perseverance — essential ingredients to becoming an effective leader. ”
During the last federal election, Rivere released a meditation track in collaboration with TNKR Media geared toward content-creators. You can play or download the track here.