Suyin Aerts
March 8, 2024

Too win you need to learn how to lose

My loss today feels like a defeat that echoes audition days when I still was a dancer.

In the unpredictable journey of entrepreneurship, there are moments that resonate with the echoes of past endeavors. 

Today, I faced a setback, I lost a game in the pursuit of becoming the best entrepreneur for the region where our company is located. The memory reminded me of a familiar feeling, these moments after those audition days when reaching the final round didn't guarantee a contract.

The experience became a reminder of the resilience cultivated in the face of uncertainty. As I can feel the emotions surrounding this defeat, I find myself transported back to the days when auditions held the promise of dreams materializing yet often concluded with the bitter taste of near misses.

The parallels between then and now are undeniable. The persistent question lingers: Does each defeat make me stronger, or does it nudge me closer to the threshold of giving up? It's a delicate balance, akin to navigating the thin line between perseverance and surrender.

Those audition days were nerve-wracking and the eventual lows left an indelible mark. They taught me that rejection is not a verdict on my worth but rather a stepping stone to growth. Each unfulfilled opportunity held the potential to refine my approach.

But it is up to me to decide whether I stand up again.

The goosebumps persist, under a strong face lay tears that are near. 

But a smile is around the corner anticipating what lies ahead. 

It's a reminder that the journey is marked by peaks and valleys, and it's our response to the lows that shapes our trajectory.

So, will this loss make me stronger? 

The answer, I believe, lies in the resilience and the determination to forge ahead. The entrepreneurial path, like auditions of yesteryears, demands more than just skill—it requires the tenacity to endure, learn, and emerge stronger with each challenge.

And as I grapple with the echoes of both defeats and victories, I am reminded that the journey is as much about the climb as it is about the summit.

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