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National Failure Day Celebrated Today

Posted by | 13th October 2013 | Finland News

Failure is a taboo in the Finnish society and once a year, on 13th October, the group behind the National Failure Day encourage people to cast off their fear of failing.

This is the third consecutive year when the National Failure Day has been celebrated and the idea behind this is to encourage entrepreuneurship and help start-up businesses stop fearing the idea of messing up.

A group of students came up with this idea back in 2009 when the Aaltoes team took part in the FailCon ‘failure conference’ which took place in Silicon Valley. The organisers believe that success comes from failure and it sometimes happens that the most successful businesspeople have gone from one failure to another before they finally made it.

The Aalto Entrepreneurship Society also back up the idea behind National Failure Day as statistics show that the nation will require more than 200,000 new jobs over the coming years in order for the country’s economy to survive. This is due to the fact that a large proportion of the population is approaching their retirement age.

Riku Lindholm of Aalto Entrepreneuriship Society explains that Finland needs risk-takers, people who will try and fail then try again and succeed. From the smallest idea to grand visions to change the world, this day is dedicated to risk-taking people and the stories behind their failures and successes.

Riku further explains that traditionally, the country’s position towards failure may have influenced people’s attitude regarding risk-taking. As a society, people who failed lost pace and this is something that is going to be changed in the future in Finland.

A perfect example of a start-up who learnt from failure is Rovio, the famous designers of the Angry Birds game. They created 52 games before Angry Birds and they were close to ending in bankruptcy. In the end, as we all know it, they became a world-wide successful company.

It’s ok to mess up on 13th October



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