SHAHRUKH KHAN’s speech at Yale: If you aren’t scared of failing, you are unlikely to succeed

Fri, April 13, 2012 6:13pm IST by
SHAHRUKH KHAN’s speech at Yale: If you aren’t scared of failing, you are unlikely to succeed


I believe the true path to success is through the fear of failure. If you aren’t scared enough of failing, you are unlikely to succeed. It’s not pleasant to fail; it’s tough. All of us experience it. You will too, if you haven’t already. Use it to succeed.

Here’s how I have done so:

• Firstly, it’s not the absence of failure that makes you a success. It is your response to failure that actually helps to buffer the reverses that you experience. I personally have one response to failure – pragmatism, a recognition and belief that if one approach does not work, then the other will or might.

• Failure also gives me an incentive to greater exertion, harder work, which invariably leads to later success in most cases.

• Repeated failure has taught me to stop pretending I am someone else. It’s given me the clarity to stick to the things that really matter to me instead of distracting me from my core.

• Failure also gets you to find who your real friends are. The true strength of your relationships only gets tested in the face of strong adversity.

• Overcoming some of my failures has made me discover that I have a strong will and more discipline than I suspected. It has helped me have confidence in my ability to survive.

• Failure is an amazing teacher. There is a well-known story of a bank president who was asked the secret of his success. “Right decisions,” he replied. “How do you get to know how to make right decisions?” came the follow-up question. “Experience,” was the answer. “Well, how do you get experience?” asked his interrogator. “Wrong decisions,” he replied.

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  • ammy

    I am highly impressed of his life reality.he is true his parents have seen many ups and down.he does n’t want his children to experience the same thing that is the reason
    he is more conscious about money matter.

  • Abdullahi mansir gafai

    His speech was very convincing and it gave me a flash of insight to realise failure expriences.