The Day I Failed my English Exam

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I failed my English exams in class 8th, it was a very unfortunate incident, I had literally never failed at anything before. The memory is still vivid, I had to write an essay and I had no idea what I was going to write. The exam lasted for 2 hours but felt like years and I was exhausted.

It was one of the worst days of my life.

English was my weakest link and despite my consistent efforts, I was not getting any better at it. Meanwhile, I started strengthening my other subjects and since everything was in English medium it took time.

Migrating from Gopalganj(a small town in the middle of Bihar) to Patna (the capital of Bihar) was one of the boldest moves I had ever made and I thank God that he had given me courage at that time to move to Patna. So many people have helped me in that journey and I am very grateful to all of them. The first position was a dream come true in class 9th and it pushed me further to dream again.

If you are terrible at something, you can only improve that’s the beauty of being terrible at anything.

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Fail Early Fail Fast

Dr. Ed Catmull is co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios and President of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios.He also have written a book “Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration“, which I am currently reading.

One of the core principles that they have at Pixar is “Fail Early Fail Fast” and it got me into thinking how different they are from the rest of the world.

They believe that success and failure go hand in hand and they believe in failing fast and early so that they could achieve success soon. If only we could live our life with this principle. He have also mentioned that how we are hard wired to fear failure and why we try to avoid it. But the truth is avoiding failure comes at a price which is mediocrity. Avoiding failure means settling for less than what you deserve which sucks.

PixarPixar has given awesome movies to the world a few of them are Toy Story trivia, A Bugs Life, Finding Nemo etc. They have created history and we all agree on this unanimously. Their thought process is making mistakes are the ways to create something new, something which never existed before. It’s not that they celebrate failure but they learn from it and they get better every single time.

So next time, when you are about to encounter failure don’t avoid it rather think about Pixar for a few seconds, and remember their core principle and try to incorporate them in your life.

Thank you,

Faisal