A Kinder, Gentler Philosophy of Success

Organizing this Pecha Kucha Night on Failure has naturally made me think and talk a lot about failure, as well as its opposite, success. Exploring these concepts naturally led me to TED talks on YouTube (I can’t help myself sometimes!), where I discovered this brilliant talk by Swiss writer, philosopher, television presenter and entrepreneur, Alain de Botton. De Botton hit upon several very interesting concepts that I’ve been mulling over as well: What is that determines failure or success? Is it an internal assessment or an external one? How can we balance our internal lives with external expectations without feeling stressed out and ultimately, like we’ve failed? And also, can we really succeed at anything without failing at something else?

This last question is the most important realization, to me, because you really just can’t have it all – a great career, a great relationship, marriage and family, a great social life. Something has to give, because whenever you choose to focus on one thing, you’re choosing not to focus on myriad others. Watch the talk here:

Join us for the event tomorrow, where 11 excellent speakers will talk about failure from personal, professional, social and cultural perspectives.

Adianta School for Leadership and Innovation
Near Qutab Minar Metro Station
D-57, 100 Foot Road, Chattarpur Enclave
New Delhi

When: 7:30 pm (doors open at 7:00pm)

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About Ayesha Vemuri

Ayesha Vemuri is responsible for thought leadership and outreach efforts at CKS. She has undergraduate degree in Visual Art from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, where she also studied such varied subjects as biology, literature and the humanities. At CKS, she is responsible for curating the Design Public blog, managing our various social media platforms, organizing Pecha Kucha Nights and contributing to the intellectual content of the Design Public Conclave and other CKS initiatives. Find her on twitter at @ayeshavemuri.
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