Breathe, sleep, and repeat as the Accenture Challenge for 2016 is officially complete. It was evident that nearly everyone put forth their best effort in the Accenture Challenge, but only a select group of people were able to walk away with the cash prize. I did not walk away with any money, but I did walk away knowing that I did the best that I could do, which is all you can do.
In my relatively short 21 years of life, I have easily failed more than 1,000 times. Many of which were small failures and other times the failures were more prominent, but none of them were insignificant. To fail, at any level, can hurt. To fail at a masters level takes a combination of maturity, confidence, and determination to keep going. When moving forward at a masters level there, it is important to understand that there is no need to have a masters degree, as you are the master of your own life. Being a master of your own life requires that you take responsibility for your actions and move forward, learning along the way.
Pageants, job interviews, and relationships- I have failed in them all, but the key concept to failure is moving forward and learning from mistakes, and sometimes learning that you did not do anything wrong.
The biggest regret that I have in failure is not having failed enough. In some cases, I have let embarrassment and pain stop me from even trying. As a master of my own life, I have to get over that fear of failure or it has the potential to stunt my growth.
There are many motivational quotes on failure, but one of my favorites says, “We are all failures – at least the best of us are,” said JM Barrie, the renowned novelist, and playwright. The most successful people in the world fail, but they have a vision that keeps them up at night- and despite what people say: they relentlessly pursue their dreams.
Author, J.K. Rowling, sent her first Harry Potter book to 12 different publishers before Bloomsbury saw the life in her text and now she is a billionaire who continues to tell (and sell) the story of Harry Potter all around the world. Michael Jordan did not make his high-school varsity basketball team, and he is now a sports icon and considered by many people (and statistics) to be the greatest basketball player of all time. After much success at Apple, Steve Jobs was fired from his own company, but now his devices have changed the world and sit in countless offices, homes, and schools on the planet – in a way that they may not have, had it not been for being fired.
Failure is an opportunity to move forward, most of us literally failed in the Accenture Challenge, but regardless of a win or a failure, the hope is that something was learned- and if something was learned about technology, communication, or yourself, the world awaits the opportunity to learn from your gifts and talents.