Successful members of society urged to share failures to help inspire young people

Friday, September 14, 2018

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AN appeal is being made for successful and well-known members of society to share their failures to inspire other young people.

The appeal was made by People's National Party Youth Organisation (PNPYO) president Krystal Tomlinson, who said every successful person she knows has had a period of failure, but the problem is that we often do not hear those stories.

“Tell the stories about the failures so people can learn and avoid dropping into those potholes if they can,” she said.

To set the example, Tomlinson recounted what she considers one of her biggest flops to date.

“It was a national one. When I was going to university and just starting my political career at the time, as vice-president of the Guild of Students, I led a protest on campus that ended miserably. I was suspended from campus, I had to move off, I couldn't serve as resident advisor. I was only allowed to go to class and go home. That wouldn't have been so bad had it not also been on TV, radio and print. Who are these student leaders? Who gave them these roles? They are clearly unprepared. I remembered my mother calling me and she said she was worried as she had just heard the education minister on the radio and he wasn't speaking about me in any pleasant terms, what would my future look like in this country? That was six years ago, and I am happy we can look back and say it never destroyed me,” she said.

The difference, according to Tomlinson, is that through persistence she learnt lessons.

“One of the biggest [lessons] is to plan all the way through to the end. It's very good when you start off with the passion and desire and zest to do something. But don't let it blind you, don't let that good fever blind you. Plan all the way to the end. What are the things that could go wrong? How can I mitigate against those things and can I make sure I have the right team supporting the things I cannot manage and see as I seek to lead?” she said.

Tomlinson added: “I've carried those lessons into my service as YO president. I need to plan all the way to end. From deciding to be in a financially stable position before entering politics, to now, it was all part of that lesson. I have not forgotten it and if you Google it right now there are still those links to the stories to remind you that if you don't pay attention, no matter how well intentioned the effort is, it can go left very quickly.”

— Kimberley Hibbert

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