Failures are disguised opportunities to become better persons and professionals.

In the past ten years, the first decade of my career, I have learned tremendously about myself. I have found my mission, identified my superpowers, developed my skills, opened my mind, and more. But my most important discoveries were unearthed through failures.

Across the years, I indeed failed repetitively, often at the same kind of things or because of similar reasons. I tended to overcommit, to struggle to keep in touch with people, to prioritize others over myself and my objectives.

Missed opportunities and failed attempts told me a lot about myself and my pitfalls. They forced me to look at a mirror and see the most significant obstacles between me and the life I want to live. They created awareness of what I needed to reframe.

Stepping back and analyzing my failures has helped me diagnose what I needed to focus on improving the most. It has helped me to commit to change and to make choices coherent with the challenges inherent to being me, to my personality and my psychology.

I am a long way to have overcome them all entirely, but I am now equipped with what I need to improve myself the most: an ability to recognize failures of character and the willpower and knowledge to tackle them by consciously making more informed choices and trying new tactics aimed at protecting me from myself.

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Hi! I am an entrepreneur, social innovator, sustainability advocate, tech4good practitioner, as well as a speaker and advisor. I have chosen to dedicate my life to making a positive impact by inventing solutions to our biggest challenges and helping others be successful at achieving their mission. I love tech & innovation and work to build a fairer and more sustainable world. You can follow me on twitter at Valeria Duflot (@DuflotValeria), connect on Linkedin and learn more about me and my work at: valeriaduflot.com

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