Pelayo Arbués


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My failure resume

Last updated Mar 1, 2023

I’m a little brother, so I learned to lose as soon as I learned to crawl. I played in a youth futsal team and there was one year when we lost ALL our games. This over-exposure to defeat made me realise that I don’t need to win to be happy, but I do need a context that allows me to chase victory.

Don’t take yourself too seriously.

I have never taken myself too seriously. This way of thinking has made me very aware of my failures. I used to be aware of them and I didn’t hide them, but I didn’t broadcast them either. Now I’m at a stage where I think I have to be proud of those failures. Maybe it’s because I’ve started listening to punk again, maybe it’s because I reject the false perfection that’s on display on social networks. Punk is, after all, a cultural response to the social context, so maybe the two are very much linked.

LinkedIn, you are a very powerful professional tool, but social networking dynamics suck.

I wrote this post a while ago, but I recently discovered the concept of the failure resume, so I’ve changed the title from My biggest fuck-ups to My Failure Resume, and I’m going to start with my most resounding failures both as a data scientist and in my most recent management position. Here they are:

Top DS Failures:

Top management failures:

This is my CV of mistakes so far, I’m sure I’ll soon be able to add more medals to wear on my lapel.