Learning How to Fail: Why We Need to Embrace Failure – Teen Vogue

Learning How to Fail: Why We Need to Embrace Failure – Teen Vogue

Marissa Mayer
Failing Up is a series about what happens when we fail. It sucks in the moment, but not every failure is a bad thing. In this op-ed, identity editor Brittney McNamara explains what failing up means, and why we need to learn how to fail. Mindy Kaling, who wrote an entire television show with a character bearing her name, is certainly confident. While some might say she's defied the odds (a brown woman in Hollywood, who isn't a size two and who's managed to have a successful career in comedy), Mindy doesn't quite see it that way. She rightfully believes she has no reason not to be confident. But along with a hefty dose of hard work, Mindy said her confidence also comes from a "personality defect." "I have a personality defect where I sort of refuse to see myself as an underdog, " she has said. .

"It's because of my parents. They raised me with the entitlement of a tall, blonde, white man." I first read Mindy's quote five years ago, fresh out of college and just starting my career, and it's stuck with me ever since. In every situation where I've had the urge to cower or accommodate, I've tried to channel that same man that Mindy mentioned. I am white, so I benefit from a whole host of privilege through that alone. But in situations when I know a man would state his needs or ask for his worth, I try to do the same. .

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