IWD Inspire Inclusion E-Book

How has failure

shaped my life?

Amy Taylor International Partner - Leasing Tenant Representation London, United Kingdom Realizing resilience levels and strengths because giving up is not an option! Never seeing failure as the end—it’s a turning point.

The bigger the failure, the more valuable the information that was collected, allowing me to reflect on why something failed, think differently about a situation and the role I played, and test my resilience through a wilingness to keep going. The worst failures in my life have been followed by some of my proudest accomplishments, and while rebounding is not always immediate, looking back it was always worthwhile. Brittany Hicks Sr. Manager, DEI Governance Chicago, USA

Salumeh Companieh Chief Digital & Information Officer Boston, USA

My journey through life has been a tapestry woven with diverse threads, each contributing to the person I am today. From my formative years as a child growing up amidst the tumult of war to the challenge of immigration and adapting to a foreign culture, and eventually, my career in supply chain and manufacturing strategic consulting, which presented its fair share of demanding situations to navigate. At every stage, I’ve encountered failures—setbacks that could have easily derailed me. Yet, I’ve made a conscious choice, one that requires constant practice, to regard failure as a context for future endeavors. I encourage everyone to reconsider their perception of failure within different time frames. In the present moment, it might sting as a failure, but in the grander scheme of things, it transforms into a valuable lesson. It’s a mindset shift that empowers us to carry these lessons forward, using them as stepping stones on our journey toward personal and professional growth.


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