Competing with Thyself- A Poem on the CV of Failures Series

Even a stopped clock shows accurate time twice a day,
You must have faith that your hard work and sweet efforts will certainly pay.
Rejections, failures, setbacks, let downs are part and parcel of human growth,
Thereby, it’s the right time to take an oath to not to sloth.
Indeed, growth and comfort do not coexist,
It is sagacious to heed your setback lessons and mark it is a stepping-stone for divine transcendence- that’s the gist.
Constant rejections and failures on an epic scale makes one pessimist and weak,
Hence, there is a dire need to silence that inner negative voice in order to tweak.
Breakdown has been embraced as a positive and enriching insight by Albert Einstein, Abraham Lincoln, Dr. Kalam, Walt Disney, Vincent Van Gogh, Leonardo Da Vinci, Michael Jordan, JK Rowling, Steve Jobs, Howard Schultz and Bill Gates.
For triumph, preparation and reorganization are the exclusive things that equates.
There is a need to build an emotional resilience to start over all again,
As of now, you’re not starting from scratch but resuming from an experience which will not go in vain.
You should neither take the success nor failure to your head or heart,
Balancing the life is both a science and an art.
Let the fire inside you burn brighter than the fire around you,
So, bounce back and reboot towards your goal with humility even if you are alone in the queue.

(This poem is written by Ms. Riya Gulati who is a Paralegal at Law Offices of Caro Kinsella & Youth Ambassador for the ONE Campaign, Ireland. She has done her LL.M (Intellectual Property & Information Technology) from University College Dublin & BA.LLB from Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University, Pune)

For anyone reading this, we would be glad if you could share your CV of Failures with us. If not an entire CV, we encourage you to come forward and talk to us about some failures in your life, and what it taught you, how you bounced back, etc. If you are somebody who could openly share it in public, please do so. If you want to do so under anonymity, we understand that completely. Either way, please get in touch with us at

You could read other stories from this  series here:

  1. A CV of Failures
  2. A Student’s Response to our CV of Failures Series
  3. Is Not Trying=Failing?
  4. A Poem on the CV of Failures
  5. Bhumesh Verma Shares His Experiences on Life and What His Setbacks Have Taught Him
  6. Mustafa Rasheed from Lawctopus Law School Shares His CV of Failures
  7. Tanuj Kalia, CEO of Lawctopus, Shares His CV of Failures

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