Success with a Side of Failure

Katy Montgomery

Katy currently serves as the Global Director of the Career Development Centre at INSEAD where she manages career services professionals across three campuses: Abu Dhabi, Fontainebleau, and Singapore. Katy previously served as the Associate Dean for Student Development at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.

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Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.”

Truman Capote

Truman Capote was a famous novelist, popularized with the nonfiction novel In Cold Blood. 20 films and television dramas have been produced based on his writings, most notably Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Capote was a very lonely child and experienced a troubled childhood. He rarely saw his father and was emotionally neglected by his mother. When he was just four years old, his mother left him with relatives in the South while she moved to New York City to start a new life with her second husband. Son and mother were not reunited, living continuously in the same home, until Capote was nine years old. Despite his tumultuous childhood, Capote become one of America’s great storytellers.

If every time we took a risk we experienced success, we would never really be able to appreciate success. Success feels good. Success after failing feels even better. Or as Capote points out, it tastes better.

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