“How to bounce back and flourish,” is part of UAL’s Creative Enterprise Week, run by Careers & Employability; it’s a week of events and workshops that offer a deeper look into the creative world and how to face some of the challenges within it. This particular discussion was held around the idea of what it means to overcome obstacles in life.
For many people, to focus on failure seems a strange concept; however, within almost every aspect of life, fear is a barrier that could possibly hold you back at some point. In order to reduce the fear of failure and learn ways to ‘bounce back’, talks like this one are incredibly helpful!
The panel discussion was led by Ade Bamgbala. Ade is the founder of ‘Blacticulate’, a project “which aims to empower community with knowledge and practical skills needed for professional success”. Blacticulate began in 2015 with podcasts featuring successful, Black professionals, sharing practical advice and resources they have learnt throughout their journey so far. Since then, Blacticulate has facilitated workshops and talks in educational institutions to help with ‘real life issues’ at UAL and beyond. Ade opened up the panel by reminding everyone that failure doesn’t mean we won’t succeed. This is something important to remember, as often people picture failure in their mind as the end of the road.
This first panellist was Nadu Placca. Founder of ‘Np presents’ a small to large scale international events company. She spoke of her own recent downfall when moving abroad to live and work and having to eventually move back to the UK. Her story can be seen as encouragement to many of us. You don’t have to have moved country necessarily, but there are many changes in life. Understand that sometimes the direction we thought we were heading in isn’t the one for us and it’s ok to come back to where we started, reflect and move on.
Second to speak was Keith Dube, author of ‘Kind of like a self- help book’ and part of the podcast trio ‘Three shots of tequila’. Keith, similar to Nadu and all of us, has faced several challenges in his walk of life and some of his biggest words of advice were “you might get lucky, you just need to be prepared for all the luck that will come your way.” This statement is so true! When we fail it’s a case of bad timing and bad luck. Remember to look to the future and the times where luck will be on our side, don’t stop practicing just because you failed once.
I think that Creative Enterprise Week was a great success and whether or not you were present, there are several pointers in which you can bare in mind when moving forward.
1. Failure is not the end!
2. We all fail sometimes!
3. How can you learn if you’re never faced with adversities?
In this same way, failure has acted as a parachute to success for many individuals, the panellists included. You should view failure the same way in your own life. Always prepare a plan B and don’t be thrown off if you have to use it!
Words by Denieka Lafayette