Failure:Lab is a new event that's been happening in Michigan and is spreading outside the state.
It's a program designed to get us thinking about the meaning of failure, to realize that failure happens to everyone and perhaps to inspire us to take intelligent risks.
From their website:
Each storyteller shares a personal failure in under nine minutes. The storyteller doesn’t share a lesson, blame-shift, or talk about where they are now.
Today on Stateside we hear from Andy Soper. He works with the Manasseh Project, developing programs to address the commercial sexual exploitation of minors.
After graduating from Bowling Green State University and without a job, he decided to join the Army – an experience that did not end well.
This is the story that Soper shared at Failure:Lab Grand Rapids on May 23, 2013 at Wealthy Theatre: