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Failure as motivation

In the real world, employers look at tenacity, willingness to learn and adjust, as well as attitude
10:31 AM November 20, 2017

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ARTWORK BY DON MIKEL FUMAR

“Ain’t about how fast I get there/Ain’t about what’s waitin’ on the other side/It’s the climb” —Miley Cyrus, “The Climb”

All your life you’ve been taught to do your best in your endeavors. But there are times when your efforts to succeed are not enough.

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Take school for instance. You go to class, listen to lectures, take tests and periodic exams. Homework and reviewing can be so tedious that you don’t get enough sleep.

But you still fall short of your goals. It hurts to know that what you thought was your best shot was not enough. You fall behind. Your batchmates advance to the next level while you are left to climb up the mountain where you first started.

Repeating or taking up a subject (or subjects) that you failed is not particularly difficult. It is the psychological aspect that is hard, with you having to repeat the subject while your friends move on to the next grade or year.

Your self-esteem goes down. You think less of yourself. Worse, other people think less of you. There are others, however, who want you to keep fighting. I’m one of them.

I want you to know that I’m proud of you for choosing to continue despite the setback. Whatever it is, the important thing is that you are still trying your best.

Do everything in your power to finish what you started, and you will be happy for it. Forgive yourself for what happened. Once there is acceptance, it is easier to pick yourself up and try again.

Learn to forgive others, too, when they offend you because sowing hate is an emotional burden.

Always be kind. Lend a hand to those in need. Always be humble. Never belittle anyone, regardless of reason. The more difficult the challenge, the sweeter the victory.

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In the real world, school grades will matter, but only for a moment. Employers look at other things like tenacity, willingness to learn and adjust, as well as attitude.

Your grades will get you hired for the first time, but your attitude will take you to the top.

There is a joke in med school that goes like this: “All things come to pass. It might pass like a kidney stone, but it will pass.”

To everyone out there with a dream, keep working on it. I am rooting for you.

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