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Leading with failure

Leading with failure

Only 3 weeks left of school,
playing catch up with the semester
tiny breaks of procrastination
so tempting
to this flame burning out
Still flickering on
as bright as I can

Feedback in numbers,
comments
checkmarks
scribbles
question marks
strikethroughs

Am I above,
below,
or
average?

Still feeling like an impostor
even after 4 years.
competing to be chosen

but we can all be seen
when we keep looking
listening
sharing

always assumed that
leading meant succeeding,
to ignore failing
Just focus on the rise
forget about the falls.
Only share the good stuff,
no room for troubles on the cloud
stick to highlights
silver linings

Don’t count the losses
Only the wins,
the likes and the views,
the checkmarks and great jobs
the honours and awards

I could show you all my highs,
but do you wanna see my lows?

fill my feed with first drafts,
mistakes,
troubles,
regrets

Can I learn how to fail?
Is there a course for that?
How to fall more deeply,
how to sit in my suck
and how to get back up

Over and over
Again

Can I let my failures lead the way?

Let myself
Fall down
Rise up
Lead on

well I’m gonna try.

How do you feel about failure?

venn diagram: left circle - people open about failures and struggles, right - people open about successes, middle overlap - leaders I look up to

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