My Failure Story: Don’t Let What Others Say Hinder You

My Failure Story: Don’t Let What Others Say Hinder You

When I was in SS3, I always had 5/30 in my Summary and 9/60 in my essays. I remember my English Teacher back then, her name was Mrs. Nwanlibe. She called me to her office and told me NEVER to write stories again, that I was a TERRIBLE writer. It stuck with me which was the beginning of my failures in English. I still don’t know how I managed to have a C6 in English for my WAEC

I’ve always liked writing in my diary from when I was young but I always felt I had the Math Brain and my brother had the English brain (by the way he’s now an editor, a content creator and a digital marketing Pro). After that review, I buried my little love for writing and moved on with my Math brain to finish with a 2:1 in Chemical Engineering.

Why did I remember this story?

We just concluded a retreat in my church where I was the Team-Lead for the committee. Then I remembered how I’ve always said planning programs is something I’m terrible at because of past experiences.

I remember two events I was to plan that had huge issues, it made me feel really bad and I always hid from joining people to plan events. But I just remembered 3 other events that I have planned that was a HUGE success. Funny thing is that I saw an advert for a vacancy for a Program Manager role which I was handling and I was like WOW! Did I really do all these responsibilities along with my HR Role?

What’s the moral of all this story?

Personally, I’ve hindered myself from doing a WHOLE lot that I could have done just because I have failed terribly in those aspects.
Right now, I’m so excited to write an article about my different experience and the joy that comes when it’s published and people are blessed by it is IMMEASURABLE.

Sticking with what my English Teacher said, I won’t have ever published any of my articles. I have LOADS of write-ups and even a secret blog I can’t remember the URL but I just sent one to my brother one day and he FORCED me to send it to some blogs. I was really surprised when it was published. I felt it would never be good enough just like Mrs. Nwanlibe said.

To someone out there who has been told that they were not good enough, to someone who has failed numerous times?
Please don’t allow what others say to you limit you from exploring your potentials.

Keep pushing! Keep getting better!
I’m not close to where I should be, but one thing I know for sure is this, When I eventually decide to write a book(in the nearest future), it would be a Bestseller.

I wish you the best in your career!

Yewande Jinadu

Yewande Jinadu is the Founder of CareerLife Nigeria( and also a Strategic HR Business Partner of a leading tech firm. She's a certified HR Professional with a mix of Generalist and Specialist Experience who supports the business to achieve it's goals through the people. Her strengths are in Talent Acquisition, Performance Management, Employee Engagement, Organization Development and Employer Branding. Her social initiative, CareerLife Foundation solving UN SDG Goal 8 is aimed at reducing unemployment by helping graduates and professionals become Employable and accelerate their career growth. With various awards won both locally and globally, her vision is to help millions of youths achieve measurable success in their career. Yewande holds the Senior Professional of Human Resources International (SPHRi) Certification from the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI), USA. She is an associate of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (ACIPM) and has a Practitioners License to practice HR in Nigeria. She's the Convener of the Employability Fitness Program, an initiative aimed at helping young graduates overcome interview Phobia and the barriers in Recruitment process through mentoring. She is a public speaker and has been featured on various media platforms including: BellaNaija, SheLeadsAfrica, GuardianWoman, Women of Rubies etc Some of her recognitions include: Top 50 Career Influencers in Africa by The Workbooth Magazine and also a the top 10 Platinum members of Career Influencers. Top 150 Global HR Influencer by Social Micole. Top 100 Career Women in Nigeria by 9to5Chick Top 30 Leading Women in HR by Worden HCD You can reach out to her by sending a mail to: and follow her on Twitter and Instagram: @careerlifeng

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