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Your Success Lies Hidden in Your Failures


Welcome back to our conversation. We took a longer break to allow more time for everyone to get their hands on both my latest publications: ‘Humility’ and ‘The Deal’ of which both underscore the power of humility and perseverance respectively. In my view, these are prerequisites of success among many factors. If you are still in search of the above-referred books don’t hesitate to drop an email to for assistance or go straight to the online shop on this platform.

Trust me, I know and can share first-hand, the experience on how it feels to reach a point where all you attempt is proving futile, i.e. when all efforts to attain your goals just do not produce expected results. Those are the times one experiences a deficit in hope and faith altogether. It is then, one usually tends to call it quits. But that’s not a solution. Never! Success founded on trials, misfortunes, and failures upon failures are commonly grounded and more sustainable.

For this reason, we decided this week to celebrate our African revolutionary icon, the epitome of social sciences and humanities, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, passionately known as Madiba, for his perseverance and humility. Above all, for his trademark leadership attributes. Nelson Mandela inspired and guided many of us through his wisdom when he said that one’s success should be judged based on the number of setbacks encountered and overcome.

“Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got up again.” ~Nelson Mandela.

Therefore, I encourage you to remain optimistic, no matter the headwinds you are facing in your life, particularly given the adverse effects of the Covid-19 pandemic or the distressing climate change phenomenon. Your breakthrough lies hidden in your failures and setbacks. Remain strong, focused and don’t lose hope. Use those as stepping stones until you reach your goals.

Let me conclude with yet another inspiration in the voice of Brianna Wiest, a youthful American author, and poet, known for her creative works on emotional intelligence:

” Things get better as time goes on. Not because time heals, but because you grow, you discover that you’re capable. Not because life gets easier, but because you have grown smarter.”

Until next time, stay safe, keep going ‘til you do better, and become your best self.


Dr Daes

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