I keep coming back to this idea about how people recover from career mistakes and how they move on. I recently blogged about Gerald Levin, who moved on from a pretty big error he made while with AOL and I obsessed over J.K. Rowlings Harvard commencement speech about failure. I guess it's on my mind lately!
The latest installment of this story is a new article from Julie Wainwright, the former CEO from Pets.com. Yep, she was the sock puppet lady. It's fascinating to get an inside look at her thoughts and the aftermath which included a deep depression. I really love this article and the 5 mistakes. My favorite mistake is #3 "I stopped believing in myself." I can speeak from direct experience on this one and while fear was a part of my mistake, it isn't the entire story. I got caught in an odd circumstance at a past job and simply couldn't/wouldn't continue to believe in myself.
The honesty and authenticty in this article is like a breath of fresh air to me.. why can't more marketing copy be written like this? Why?!
While you are reading the article - take a peek at the comments. When was the last time a "marketing blog" post generated such amazing words of encouragement and love? (Hint, the answer is never). Also notice for the record, that Julie continues to reply to many of the comments and posts.