How To Overcome Failure


How do you deal with failure in life, business or professional life?  Many of us would instinctively give up and focus their energies elsewhere. Failure is indeed a scary word to many.

We were having a tee-a-tete with fellow influencers on an upcoming engagement for the youth in various fields including entrepreneurship when we discovered that one denominator ran under us: we all had failed one time in our pursuit of success.

My fist time to organize an event for nascent entrepreneurs was the first time to experience failure first hand.  We did all the necessary preparations beforehand.  The event was also oversubscribed and we were confident that it would surpass our expectations by far. Come the training day and we went earlier to set up the venue and waited for our trainees. Half an hour into the scheduled time for starting, no one came! We consoled ourselves that maybe those who booked slots would come later. However, none came. We had to pack up and leave. We agreed with my partner to revisit the event and learn where we had failed to make it even better next time we would. And that us why we met recently, to revive our dreams and see how best to resurrect it once again.

Did I give up after the debacle? Not at all. Actually after that major failure, I purposed to approach the calling using a different approach. I chose to build my brand and that is how I came up with Passionpreneurship. I did a book to disseminate this knowledge and followed it up with two others, including an online course on how to turn one’s hobby into a sustainable business. (Check out the Passion to Profit Online Masterclass via ). The inaugural book has opened up doors I never imagined – speaking events, opportunities to mentor others and most importantly, being a business trainer cum mentor for the prestigious Cytonn eHub Program. What if I had thrown in the towel, where would I be?

Your guess is as good as mine.

There is a famous saying that goes: if you have never failed in anything, then you have never tried doing anything. And if you are just inert, it implies that you are not accomplished. You can never achieve anything in life if you are afraid to risk it and fail.

Maybe we can examine various world renowned success personalities in their own right to best appreciate this: The infamous owner of the OWN Television Network, Oprah Winfrey, was once  demoted form her news anchor job because she was considered “unfit for the position.” Michael Jordan, the sports icon, had been cut out from his high school basketball team since his height was not up to standard. Years later, he was recognized as a top Basketball Hall of Famer, earning millions from his endorsements of sports apparel. J.K. Rowling, the infamous writer, did her inaugural Harry Potter manuscript and knocked 12 publishers’ doors and none would accept her. Her 13th accepted it but half-heartedly. He told her that she could not make serious money doing children’s books. Well, she is the only dollar billionaire purely from writing books!

Nonetheless, in the event failure happens, which is inevitable anyway, one reaps much when they choose to persist. This can only happen if you have passion for what you do. They say that passion, is more consistent with happiness and success than any other thing.

From the above examples, were it not for passion, the history makers would have thrown in the towel and resigned themselves to fate. But they chose to keep on pushing in the hope that one day things will turn out right.

It is therefore upon us, if we are serious about succeeding in life and overcome obstacles that come our way, to discover, develop and deploy passion into the world. This way, we are assured of overcoming any challenge that is set before us.

They say the when currency fails, gold becomes the standard of transactions. For success, the currency is passion. Passion, is the new black! Embrace it. 🙂


The writer is the author of Passionpreneurship Demystified, a book on how to leverage passion for success in life. If you need a copy, visit the link below:



Be this Duck!

I bumped onto this duckling floating on water in a pond and it amazed me. It is unimaginable how an object with a higher density than water can float. But then, basic science taught us that ducks have webbed feet and hollow bones that enable them to float. And hence, aware of this advantage, they ride on it to survive by floating on water and this helps them reach food sources. Amazing, right?
Earlier this year, I tried my hand in coaching. I asked around and quickly assembled a team to help organise an event for training would be entrepreneurs. From our analysis, it was going to be an outright success.

And so we went about researching and creating great training material, together with shopping for a an appropriate venue. Once we settled on one, we put up the posters for people to sign up. The reception was overwhelming.

We knew it would be an easy sail now that we had reached a wide spectrum of our target audience with our call.

Then came the day of training. We went there an hour earlier and arranged the furniture for the participants and set up the projector and laptop ready to start off. Then the countdown began to the zero hour. To our astonishment, no one came over. We chose to delay for another half an hour lest some may have been caught up in the notorious traffic jams since it was a working day. Only three turned up and left excusing themselves that they were going to catch some snack and get back!

At the end of the day, we went back home dejected and heartbroken. Our initial investment returned a nil return. Actually we were running at a loss since we could not recoup even a cent of our investment.

When I settled back I reviewed the reasons why I had failed and what I could learn from the whole experience. I realised I went into it full throttle rather than utilise the few resources I had to reap maximum benefits.

Most of us entrepreneurs have this tendency of investing a lot without realising that there is a way you can execute certain tasks to reap maximum output with minimum input. This technique where one uses minimal resources to realise much more returns in output is called leverage.

Nature has the greatest lessons on how to leverage. If we could bio-mimic ants, for instance, we can learn how best to use the littlest of resources to achieve much. Ants are minute creatures but through proper organisation and elaborate communication systems, they are able to build magnificent anthills that inspire architecture designs of modern buildings like their ventilations systems.

For instance, why invest a lot of financial resources to undertake marketing when in actual fact, you can dwell on referrals to sell? You can imagine how effective and powerful positive word of mouth can work for you if you leverage that. For marketing too, one can utilise their social connections to build a brand over time and maximise on the brand to enhance product penetration.

For us, we learnt the hard way that we need not strain to achieve much. A little tweaking of a technique, a little thinking through would almost always deliver maximum results. For the purpose of reaching out, we restrategised and started social media branding to entrench ourselves in the minds of our target audience. As a result, we have been rolling out our coaching programs at almost zero cost.

Do you still want to be that duck?
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