Motivational Monday: Failure is Part of Success

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“Failure is not the opposite of success; it’s part of success.” – Arianna Huffington

No one likes to fail. Failure hurts. Failure stinks. …but failure is also universal to our human experience. Every person, from the top CEO to the entry-level intern has failed at some point along the way. Hey, no one’s perfect—we all make mistakes now and again.

The best things derived from mistakes? Opportunities for learning and growth. Every success comes because we didn’t quit or give up. We kept going—even when we stumbled or when it got difficult. We picked ourselves up when we fell down; we brushed ourselves off and got back up on the horse.

Success isn’t about perfection; it’s about determination.

Every professional athlete, marketing genius, or industry titan you know has failed at some point. They’ve made an attempt and it went horribly wrong. They’ve had to redo projects. They’ve probably missed deadlines. They’ve lost business or upset their customers. At some point, someone absolutely hated something they did or created.

The common thread? The resolve to keep going. Every great leader regularly learns from their missteps; the opportunity to adjust, learn, and move forward is what drives them. Their resolve is why they’re successful.

So the next time you experience a stumble or a failure, realize it’s a natural part of the growth process. Pick yourself up and look at what you can learn from the situation.

Head off mistakes as much as possible, but when you do stumble, look at it as a learning opportunity. Learn new ways to think about your future and move past mistakes by following Cultivate on LinkedIn or subscribing below to receive Motivational Monday updates in your inbox each week.


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Developing ProgrammHers

Rosie the Coder | Data Dog Marketing Blog | Developing ProgrammHers

I would never label myself as a “coder” or “programmer,” I can get by with basic code to make my blogs work, but that’s where the story ends. It’s an area I’d like to improve upon so when I saw this GOOD article about Etsy providing scholarships for women who were accepted into the summer Hacker School program to learn or improve their programming skills, the story received a double fist pump from yours truly.

Programming is undoubtedly a male-dominated profession, but Marc Hedlund, Etsy’s VP of Engineering, acknowledges that men seem to use a site like Etsy in a different way than women. With such a female dominated user-ship (thousands of women sellers selling to thousands of women buyers), it only makes sense to want to add women to his programming team who might approach the user-experience differently.

As a handcrafter-blogger with a day job in digital marketing, the partnership of Etsy and Hacker School seems like a natural fit.


Etsy Seller :: LilikSha

So what’s the deal? Etsy will be handing out $5,000 scholarships to 10 women that get accepted to Hacker School in NYC. Why? While there are already efforts being made to reach girls at a younger age to generate interest in programming, Hedlund wants to see change sooner than that.

Sadly, the deadline is past for applications for the summer program. But you can sign up for notifications for the fall by going through this grants page.

Etsy is not the first to take notice, there’s also “Girl Develop It” which offers female-oriented coding classes as well as other small groups popping up worldwide. I look forward to seeing more programs develop (and hopefully join in soon!).

What do you think about the imbalance of Dave-to-Girl ratio? How would the internet be different if women designed it? Leave a comment.