#413 Oddities and Curiosities of Failure: Revealing How the World’s Biggest Brands Innovate with Museum of Failure’s Samuel West

Success Through Failure podcast episode 413: Oddities and Curiosities of Failure: Revealing How the World's Biggest Brands Innovate with Museum of Failure's Samuel West
In a society where only successful ventures are celebrated and failures are hidden behind velvet curtains, one man dared to reveal the trials and tribulations of failure.

Dr. Samuel West is a man on a mission. As a clinical psychologist specializing in cognitive behavioral therapy, he has always been passionate about the psychology of happiness, especially in relation to work. But it wasn’t until mid-career that he decided to take a break from consulting and dive deeper into his research.

For five years, Samuel taught courses on positive psychology, creativity, and organizational science at Lund University. His doctoral thesis in organizational psychology focused on how workplace playfulness, experimentation, and exploration could boost innovation. It was during this time that the idea for the Museum of Failure was born.

But the road to success was not an easy one. In fact, Samuel’s initial idea for the museum was met with resistance from his ex-business partner, leading to a series of challenges that led to his personal bankruptcy. Undeterred, Samuel continued to pursue his vision, pouring his heart and soul into creating a space where failure could be honored and learned from.

Since founding the Museum of Failure, Samuel has become the leading expert in helping teams and organizations understand the crucial role of failure in innovation and progress. He continues to inspire and educate people around the world about the importance of embracing failure as a necessary part of growth and success. Through his work, Samuel is changing the way we think about failure and, in turn, changing the world.

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Website: https://samuelwest.org/ | https://museumoffailure.com/

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