15 Jan, 2020 by Jill Viray
LEADERS LEARN FROM FAILURES. FAILURE SHAPES LEADERS.
What do Bill Gates, Michael Jordan, and Thomas Edison have in common? All have success stories that speak of failure once, twice, and more than thrice.
“Failure is the most powerful, memorable, and worthwhile experience. It shapes your character, makes you stronger and wiser,” Royal Cargo President & CEO Mr. Elmer Sarmiento addressed a large and enthusiastic audience at the Caliraya Resort Club in Lumban, Laguna last November 15, 2019.
The audience, composed of young students from different universities here in the Philippines, gathered for the Governors’ Leadership Training Summit organized by the Philippine Junior Marketing Association.
As guest speaker, Mr. Sarmiento talked about the topic, “Leaders learn from failures. Failure shapes leaders.” He cited men of diverse backgrounds who have overcome huge letdowns and defeats before becoming prominent in their respective fields. The interest of the crowd was piqued when they were shown an excerpt from a Bloomberg interview of multinational technology conglomerate Alibaba Group’s co-founder and former executive chairman, Jack Ma. The Chinese magnate, who was rejected from Harvard 10 times, attributes his sparkling success to relentless effort over a turn of luck.
Speaking to a crowd of more than 150, Mr. Elmer Sarmiento mentioned that leaders establish a clear vision, sharing the vision with others so that they follow willingly, providing the information, knowledge, and methods to realize that vision. “A leader stimulates, unites, and motivates, influences, drives, and acts,” he added.
Taking inspiration from the rags to riches tales of successful men, Mr. Sarmiento emphasized the importance of taking up a seemingly impossible challenge and trying to work it out in different ways. To end his talk, he imparted this to the students, “Learn to keep working on your failures and weaknesses for someday they will become your prize points.”