When asked whether they had experienced failure and what it had taught them, the PETRIe team had a vast amount of experience to draw upon.
Zadrian Smith, Editor-in-Chief:
Absolutely! Everyone has experienced failure and those who say they haven’t are lying. Failure has taught me that it’s okay to fail and actually quite necessary, because from failure we grow, we evolve, we get better, we find out what we don’t want and need in life.
Campbell Addy, Creative Director and Youth and Subculture Editor:
Of course I have experienced failure, just like everyone else but what it taught me was that I’m human. Humans are allowed to make mistakes because from the mistakes we grow and conquer. It has allowed time for me to re-evaluate my life. I was then able to think and truly be in tune with my surroundings and plan my next move. I believe one truly fails if they let failure take over them - accept it and move on.
Grace Carter, Editorial and Features Director:
All the time - it is a natural part of life. I used to find it really tough, but now I operate on the principle that everything happens for a reason. If it didn’t work out, then either it wasn’t meant to be or I was supposed to gain a life lesson from it - so work out what that lesson was, establish how to move forwards, and go from there. Every failing in life is a lesson in something.
Desi Lazarova, International Fashion Director:
Yes, and it can make you feel quite low at the time, but it toughens you up and it makes you more determined to succeed.
Desmond Lim Zhengs, Fashion Contributor:
I don’t think any accomplished individual would not have experienced failure. If they say otherwise, they’re either lying or delusional or both. I see it as an editing process that would help me improve, and a step towards achieving success.
Katie Aske, Features Editor:
I don’t really believe in failure. Sometimes things don’t work out the way you wanted them to, but ultimately you make your own path and you just have to keep moving forward until you get where you want to go - or somewhere better.
Elizabeth Neep, Features Associate:
Each time I experience failure, it reminds me that I am human. It humbles me, and I become thankful that my self-worth does not come from my success. Sometimes though, there is a very specific lesson to learn, an area or skill in which you have to grow. If you fall, fall with grace - learn, grow and don’t let it go to waste.
Angela Hamilton-Daley, Beauty Editor:
Yes, I have experienced failure many times in my life. Each time I have failed, it has taught me how to develop courage through a grieving process, which then allows me to move on. It's almost like experiencing a re-birth, becoming open to new opportunities and challenges.
Blake Erik, Beauty Contributor:
Of course I have, and still do. You don’t fully understand how important something is to you until you’ve failed at it. The lessons I’ve learned through my failures have helped sculpt every major success in my life throughout the last year.
Martin Brown, Financial Director and Politics Editor:
Failure always leads to success if you’re focussed and committed.
Brillant Nyansago, Managing Editor and Social Media Editor:
Yes, several times. It taught me that failure is okay as long as I learn from it.
Sorana Serban, Art Editor:
I’ve experienced dissatisfaction or a sense that I could have done something better, but I’m still a novice regarding failure, so I’ll leave lessons for later (if there’ll be any).
Charlotte Sutherland-Hawes, Lifestyle Editor:
It’s taught me that what’s meant to be, will be, and so long as you put your all in, the world is your oyster. If someone knocks you off your path, jump straight back up and show them what you’re worth.
Dimas Bian, Music Editor:
All the time and I love it. It taught me just to enjoy the ride because nothing lasts forever.
Word: Team Collective
Image Source: If At First You Don't Succeed Call An Airstrike by Banksy, San Francisco, 2010