Failure: a step to success

Div Manickam
4 min readJun 22, 2023

and cultivating Grit everyday …

In our class yesterday, we were watching a TED Talk — Angela Duckworth: Grit — what it means, how important it is in our day to day life. Grit is about passion and perseverance. It’s about knowing that we are here for the long term, not for the short-term or for the instant gratification, but to make sure that our path forward is set up for success.

TED Talk — Angela Duckworth: Grit

And how we can learn to embrace failure with a growth mindset. One of my students shared an NBA player’s response on what failure means for him. Very well articulated that we need to trust the process. And that there is no failure in sports and I would like to believe that is true for anything and everything we put our heart and mind to do.

That’s the beauty of failure. We are afraid. We’re not sure what it will mean for us, but when we fall down, we get up back again.. and again.. always..

What does failure look like?

Nothing can stop us. This is the power within. Channel the inner energy to find what it means for you to FAIL and then reroute that energy into something beautiful. Something more meaningful than what failure even means for you. For me, failure was letting down — Letting down people, letting down my team, letting down the company, letting down my family. And I carried it with me for a very long time. That I couldn’t afford to fail. Whereas the truth was the only way for me to have that next step to success was to fail. I needed to push my boundaries. I needed to know that it’s okay to not know. I started to move from ALL CAPS in FAIL to small caps fail. And I started to trust the process.

If I had all the answers, then life would be pretty boring. As an explorer and traveler, I’m learning that the new experiences that I get to see and feel is what makes me feel alive. I have an opportunity to…