Prompt: Tell us your thoughtful story about a time you’ve experienced failure. What did you learn from failure and what can others learn?

Description:  Welcome to the Why Not Fail? Challenge. Hosted by Duke’s Hart Leadership Program, the initiative aims to understand how leaders grow from failure.

Let’s face it, we’ve all experienced our own fair share of failure, and we’re all likely to experience it again. Maybe you failed a class or didn’t get an internship you really wanted.  Failure isn’t something to fear. The important part of failure is learning from it.  For the Why Not Fail? Challenge, we’re looking to hear about the varied ways that people learn from failure and the creative ways they put failure to work for the greater community.

Interested in participating? Your submission can fall into one of two categories: a 1-2 minute reflection (including Tik Tok or Instagram Reels) or a 5 – 10 minute monologue (including video or audio recording). Submissions can be professional quality of amateur creations, but what truly matters most is that you are creative and thoughtful in your storytelling. Submissions can be from individuals or groups and will be evaluated by a panel that includes students, faculty, and story tellers.

Join the competition by submitting a video at the link below. All entries must be received by 5 p.m. on Monday, March 21. The winners will be announced at an event hosted on Thursday, April 14.  We’re not looking for the most spectacular failure, we’re looking for the most thoughtful story. Share your story with us, because why not fail?

Link to submit video: https://duke.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2iBK8nd7orT2j9s

Criteria for 1-2 minute reflection: 

  • Must be a media format: short video, Tik Tok, Instagram Reel, etc.
  • Must be thoughtful and reflective.
  • Must protect people’s identities. People mentioned in your story should not be personally identified by name. Please use non-identifiable descriptions or pseudonyms.
  • Must not use copyrighted material without express permission.
  • Must be submitted by 5:00 PM on Monday, March 21

Criteria for 5-10 video/podcast: 

  • Must be a media format: video or audio.
  • Must be thoughtful and reflective
  • Please use non-identifiable descriptions or names. Must protect people’s identities. People mentioned in your story should not be personally identified by name. Please use non-identifiable descriptions or pseudonyms.
  • Must not use copyrighted material without express permission
  • Must be submitted by 5:00 PM on Monday, March 21

If you have any questions about the Why Not Fail? Challenge, please email HLP’s Associate in Research Ana Ramirez (ana.ramirez@duke.edu)