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Still I Rise....Failures & Lessons Learned

Maya Angelou, the iconic American poet and civil rights activist, once said, "You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it." These powerful words remind me that failure and setbacks are inevitable in life, but they do not define me. Instead, they can are opportunities for growth, resilience, and self-discovery.

Get up...Stand Up...

Throughout our lives, we will undoubtedly encounter numerous obstacles, failures, and defeats. It's easy to get discouraged and feel defeated when things don't go as planned. However, it's essential to remember that our failures do not define us. Rather, they provide us with valuable insights into ourselves and our capabilities.

When we face a significant setback or defeat, it's easy to fall into the trap of self-doubt and negative self-talk. We may begin to question our abilities and lose confidence in ourselves. However, it's essential to remember that failure is a natural part of the learning process. It's how we respond to these failures that truly matter.

Lesson's Learned...

One of the most important lessons we can learn from failure is resilience. When I face adversity and overcome it, I become stronger and more resilient. I've learned that I can overcome even the most significant obstacles, and this knowledge helps me face future challenges with greater confidence and determination.

Another important lesson I've learned is that from failure can birth self-discovery. When we encounter defeat, we have an opportunity to reflect on our values, passions, and goals. We can take stock of our strengths and weaknesses and identify areas where we need to improve. Through this process of self-discovery, I become more self-aware and better equipped to navigate the challenges that lie ahead.

Alicia Keys has a wonderful song that helps me not only reflect, but also motivates me to lift myself up after experiencing setbacks. You can read some of the lyrics below:

Life perfect, ain't perfect If you don't know what the struggle's for Falling down ain't falling down If you don't cry when you hit the floor It's called the past 'cause I'm getting past And I ain't nothing like I was before You ought to see me now

Yes, I was burned but I called it a lesson learned Mistake overturned So I call it a lesson learned My soul has returned So I call it a lesson learned Another lesson learned.

-Alicia Keys, Lesson Learned


Maya Angelou's words remind us that failure and defeat are inevitable in life, but they should not define us. Instead, they can be opportunities for growth, resilience, and self-discovery. We must learn to embrace our failures and use them as stepping stones to future success. As we encounter defeats, we must remember who we are, what we can rise from, and how we can still come out of it.

Keneisha Stone


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