Keep Calm and Fail On

Krasi Shapkarova

Krasi is Carey the Torch's Editor-in-Chief and also represents the Career Development Office in Washington, D.C., working with students on career exploration and development. Krasi holds a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from the University of Houston-Clear Lake and a Master of Arts in International Human Rights from the University of Denver.

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Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but of playing a poor hand well.

Robert Louis Stevenson

No matter how hard you try, sometimes, things will not work out as planned. And as frustrating and discouraging as such an outcome might be, keep in mind that your response to the bad hand dealt can either strengthen or crumble you. Success is not measured by the lack of failure; rather, success is measured by the attitude you present in response to failure. Remaining positive and poised often seems impossible but is what builds character and prepares you for the next stumble. Because there will be a next stumble. In fact, you want the next stumble. The more stumbles you have, the better you become at facing difficulties. After all, employers are not looking for people who know how to always do well; instead, they are looking for people who know how to fail gracefully.

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