Society seems to condition us to think in a winning/losing pattern. Growing up in Germany I can attest to the (still) dominant believe that “failure is not an option / terrible”.

To this day, when I tell people in Germany that my first startup failed, the common commentary I get is: “Oh — that’s terrible. How did you cope with it?”

Overall this might be the worst possible reaction — as it doesn’t produce any useful insights.

Instead of asking:

Focus on the one right question:

What did you learn?

Build What Matters.
Pascal ツ