Maanda Tshifularo said something very profound at the recent Takalani Foundation Fundraising Galla Dinner organized by Rendani Mamphiswana and his team.

I paraphrase what he said:

“Don’t take failure personally, and also don’t take success personally.

When you take success personally, you become arrogant and when you take failure personally, you become depressed.

Instead look at what happens are experiments, lessons and experiences to learn from.”

When you run a startup, you are going to make mistakes, you are going to bruise yourself.

I have physical scars, some of my scars bankrupted me, several time, some scars are so serious they would have killed me.

I have come away from terrible incidents scarred, instead of taking it as a bad sign, we should see it as proof that we have lived, and that we have given life our best shot.

After we have been scarred, we always have the option to either give up, or keep playing the game until we succeed.

Don’t be ashamed of your scars.

Honor them.

Don’t hide them.

Sure these scars were once open wounds that hurt. But they healed.

They almost killed me, but hey, without these scars I wouldn’t be here today, writing this blog.

Life is all about trial & error, and your mistakes dont define you, live your life & make mistakes.

For every wound, there is a scar, and every scar tells a story. A story that says: I survived.

The scars we carry, carry us.

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