Failure and Success: You can’t get one without the other
I have been thinking more and more about how I got to where I am today. There are so many different places I could have gone to school, so many times I wanted to quit engineering, and overall so many paths I could have taken. But despite all of that, I am exactly where I need to be.
Failure can be hard to cope with, especially as a young student. All we see on social media are perfect and unrealistic portrayals of peoples lives.
I was very excited when asked to give a presentation to a group of students that were struggling to understand the importance of taking risks (and failing). As someone who failed a lot and struggled in so many ways growing up, I wanted to share part of my story with these students. It is so easy to think that all the great engineers out there never failed or struggled to get to where they are now, but the reality is that most likely they failed and it is the reason they are who they are.
Let’s normalize failure and rejection. I am sure all of you have experience failure and rejection at some point in your life. These were three really simple lessons I shared with the students:
- The best thing you can do for your career is network and put yourself out there.
- Remember that even the most successful engineers started where you are right now.
- You are not the first, nor the last to be scared to do new things, so do them anyway. Practice , practice, practice.
I still need to work on so many things in my career but no matter what I know that everything I have done in the past made me the person I am today. Without the failure and the struggle I could not have learned to be resilient and work hard for what I want. Embrace failure and know that it is part of your journey to become a successful engineer.
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Quote of the Week
William James, the famous psychologist, is noted for saying that habits and schedules are important because they “free our minds to advance to really interesting fields of action.From jamesclear.com, The Myth of Creative Inspiration: Great Artists Don't Wait for Motivation resurfaced using Readwise
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- Book: I just started reading Show your Work by Austin Kleon which has been recommended several times. He has two other books that go together with this one which I will be reading in the future. The book talks about the importance of sharing your creative side and gathering ideas from others. So far a fantastic book.
- Article: This article really opened my mind about introverts and public speaking. As an introvert who struggles with public speaking, there are some really interesting points about why we are the best public speakers (or how to become one).
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