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Yewande Jinadu: My Failure Story

To someone out there who has been told that they are not good enough, to someone who has failed numerous times: Please don’t allow what others say limit you from exploring your potential.



When I was in SSS3, I always had 5/30 in my summary work and 9/60 in my essays. I remember my English teacher back then, her name was Mrs. Nwanlibe. She called me into her office and told me never to write stories again, that I was a terrible writer. It stuck with me, and I don’t know how I managed to have a C6 in English for my WAEC.

I’ve always liked journaling, right from when I was young,. I always felt I had the math brain and my brother had the English brain. By the way, he’s now an editor, a content creator, and a digital marketing pro. After that review, I buried my little love for writing and moved on with my math brain to finish with a 2:1 in Chemical Engineering.

Why did I remember this story? We just concluded a retreat in my church where I was the team-lead for the committee. Then I remembered how I’ve always said planning programs is something I’m terrible at because of past experience.

I remember two events I was to plan that had huge issues. They made me feel really bad and I hid from joining people to plan events. But I simply remembered three other events I planned that were huge successes. Funny thing is that I saw an advert for a vacancy for a Program Manager role which I was handling, and I was like wow! Did I really carry out all these responsibilities along with my HR Role?

What’s the moral of all this story?

Personally, I’ve stopped myself from doing a whole lot I could have done, just because I failed terribly a few times. Right now, I’m so excited to write an article about my different experience, and the joy that comes when it’s published and people are blessed by it is immeasurable.

If I had stuck with what my Mrs. Nwanlibe said, I wouldn’t have ever published any of my articles. I have loads of write-ups, and even a secret blog whose URL I can’t remember. I sent one to my brother once and he forced me to send it to blogs. I was really surprised when it was published. I felt it would never be good enough, just like Mrs. Nwanlibe said.

To someone out there who has been told that they are not good enough, to someone who has failed numerous times: Please don’t allow what others say limit you from exploring your potential.

Keep pushing! Keep getting better!

I’m not close to where I should be, but one thing I know for sure is this: When I eventually decide to write a book (in the nearest future), it will be a bestseller.

If you would like to read some of my numerous career articles, you can visit my blog:

Yewande Jinadu is the Founder of CareerLife ( and also a Strategic HR Business Partner of a leading tech firm. She's a certified HR Professional with over 5years as a Generalist and a Talent Acquisition Specialist. With CareerLife Foundation, she helps young professionals achieve measurable success in their career. With CareerLife Consulting Services, she partners with businesses to deliver value through its people by providing HR Services (Recruitment, Training etc). She can be reached via [email protected] or @careerlifeng on Twitter and Instagram


  1. Oyeteju

    April 5, 2019 at 3:03 pm

    Wow, what a turnaround. Thanks for sharing. It is indeed true that experiences of failure should never lead to abandoning the venture. I have learnt that there is a place of learning and fine tuning skills.

  2. Moreni

    April 5, 2019 at 8:13 pm

    Keep soaring

  3. Sanmi Agboola

    April 5, 2019 at 8:21 pm


  4. Chidinma Ibemere

    April 6, 2019 at 12:03 pm

    Thank you so much Yewande for sharing.

  5. Aje

    April 6, 2019 at 12:51 pm

    There are sadly many Mrs. Nwalibe’s out there whose stock in trade is to crush dreams before they bud. Yours is the one in a million who defied the odds and pushed back. Well done! On another note, I’d like to know more about Human Resources. I will like a career in HR in the nearest future. Please advise on the way forward. I will of course check out your blog now.

    Thanks for sharing!

  6. Oladipi

    April 6, 2019 at 2:04 pm

    This is so true. Don’t let fear stop your from achieving your dreams. Mind you, fear isn’t failure rather failure is when we allow fear to stop us from trying.
    Equation: Success= Failed attempts (this is a variable) + planned attempts after initial failure.
    Live your dream.

  7. Suliat

    April 8, 2019 at 5:56 pm

    Wow,Never let fear keep you from getting to were you are destined to be. Keep soaring.

  8. Wale Adediran

    April 9, 2019 at 7:56 am

    Inspiring! We all keep files of the successful and unsuccessful events of our lives in our subconscious libraries. The files we pull out and read often, influence the stand we take on the next set of events of our lives.
    If we read the files of our victorious events often, we will take a stand to do it again, learning from the not so successful experiences. Keep soaring Yewande.

  9. Modupeola Bakare

    April 9, 2019 at 12:19 pm

    Never let other people’s negative words define you because you are more than that. You are the driver of your own life, see the words as market noise that needs to be ignored while you focus on what you want to get in the market. Nice one Yewande. Keep winning and shining and thank you for inspiring the young minds.


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