I just completed a 40-minute run last Sunday and was feeling good and excited…. when I chanced upon this Facebook post by Gabrielle Ong. It’s about 6 individuals and the path they took through trials, failures and what they did to triumph. I was very moved and felt the need to share these stories.

We often celebrate successes but hardly speak about failures. I think we should change that. So, thank you, Gabrielle, for writing this and allowing The New Savvy to share this!

What we wished we knew then…

Been preparing this hoping it’ll encourage students but I just heard that we’ve lost another life this week 🙁

Every year, I brace myself for the ‘season of suicides’ where every August up till the exam period, I hear of students committing suicide. Several I knew personally, others not. Those are just the actual deaths, there are many more attempts. Each time a suicide happens, the community is shaken; the thought is planted in more minds.

While preparing for my A levels 2 years ago, I googled, ‘fail A levels in Singapore got a future?’, hoping to find encouraging stories. There was only 1 such result, and the others were about how to figure out life after such a *devastating* failure.

But when I left the school system into the working world, it was those failures that gave me the courage and resilience to try new things. As I looked around, I realised how common these stories of detours and failures are, even to the ‘successful’ people I admired.

Thank you to Michael Cheng, Bradley Priest, Jian Wei, Sebastien Stettler, Elisha Tan, Tan Tse Yong for encouraging me through your personal journeys, and allowing me to share them. These are their stories and answers to ‘What do you wish you knew during your detours/failures?’ These are the things I wished I knew when I was a student. That detours and failures suck, but they’re not the end and will contribute to who we are in the future – if we choose to have a future.

I hope whoever’s reading this will be encouraged, and encourage a student who’s stressing out about exams. We can do something to stop this terrible trend.

Tan Tze Yong, CEO, Fitlion & Gymmboxx

Tan Tze Yong, CEO, Fitlion & Gymmboxx
Tan Tze Yong, CEO, Fitlion & Gymmboxx

 

Bradley Priest, Founder & CTO, TradeGecko

Bradley Priest, Founder & CTO, TradeGecko
Bradley Priest, Founder & CTO, TradeGecko

Michael Cheng, Senior Software Engineer, Singapore Power

Michael Cheng, Senior Software Engineer, Singapore Power
Michael Cheng, Senior Software Engineer, Singapore Power

Elisha Tan, TechLadies, Developer Programs Regional Lead for APAC, Facebook

Elisha Tan, TechLadies, Developer Progams Regional Lead for APAC, Facebook
Elisha Tan, TechLadies, Developer Progams Regional Lead for APAC, Facebook

Sebastian Stettler, Senior Software Engineer, TradeGecko

Sebastian Stettler, Senior Software Engineer, TradeGecko
Sebastian Stettler, Senior Software Engineer, TradeGecko

Jian Wei Liau, Product Designer, Zendesk

Jian Wei Liau, Product Designer, Zendesk
Jian Wei Liau, Product Designer, Zendesk

This is originally from Gabrielle Ong’s Facebook post, reproduced with consent. 🙂

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Anna Haotanto is passionate about finance, education, women empowerment and children’s issues. Anna has been featured in CNBC, Forbes, The Straits Times, Business Insider, INC and The Peak Singapore. She was nominated and selected for FORTUNE Most Powerful Women conference in 2016 (Asia) and 2015 (San Francisco, Next Gen). Anna has 10 years of experience in the financial sector and is currently a Director in Tera Capital. Her previous work experience includes positions at Citigroup, United Overseas Bank, a regional role in Business Monitor and a boutique private equity firm based in Shanghai. She graduated from Singapore Management University (Finance and Quantitative Finance).