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‘Failure’ – isn’t it a terrible word? Like ‘plague’, ‘death’, ‘redundancy’ or being ‘fired’. It sounds so absolute and debilitating. We live in a culture of excellence where success is everything. Winners win fame and fortune; losers get nothing. If the media is to be believed, winners are a race apart, each one a Midas turning everything they touch into gold. But the reality is we all have feet of clay and the world is fickle in its distribution of good fortune and loss. What is important is how you deal with failure. Successful people fail just as much as the rest of us, but the difference is how they regard failure, how they manage it and ...

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