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This article is dedicated to both Bac students who have already passed their baccalaureate exam and to those who didn’t manage to do so.

To begin, I want to congratulate our gladiators who struggled to make it happen, who worked hard and made it to the top despite the obstacles and barriers they faced all along this hard path.It was a tough year, full of ups and downs and what you’ve accomplished can only be a source of pride for you. Yet, you ought to view it as the first step of a long process of challenge : that is your higher education.

It takes true courage to keep pushing forward and you should do so, because you’re facing a new challenge that requires a strong-will and perseverance. Trust me, I experienced it.

For those who, unfortunately, couldn’t make it happen, all I want to say is that no great success was ever achieved without failure. And as George Moore said : ” A winner is just a loser who tried one more time” So, you should see this failure as a second chance given from God to push you to give your best so that the best will come back to you.

Famous winners started out with failure, and here, I’m not saying that every successful person should be a failure to reach greatness, because naturally as humans, we always aspire to success but you have to acknowledge that failure is a part of the game at times and we have to learn from it instead of dwelling on what went wrong.

A conspicuous evidence of what I’ve just mentioned are the following most prominent “successful failures” that history have marked them as great :

Albert Einstein ( a theoretical physicist and Nobel Prize winner ) who wasn’t able to speak until he was almost 4 and his teachers said he would “never amount too much”.

Stephen King ( novels’ author, sold more than 350 million copies of his books, has published more than 60 novels ) whose one of his successful books : Carrie, was rejected by 30 publishers, one of whom told him that “negative utopias” can not be sold.

Eminem ( 13 times Grammy Award winner, sold over 90 million albums worldwide ) who faced a high school dropout and whose personal struggles with drugs and poverty culminated in an unsuccessful suicide.

Steve Jobs ( Co-founder of Apple and co-founder of Pixar Animation Studio )  who was left devastated and depressed at the age of 30 after being unceremoniously removed from the company he started.

And many others who have been rejected, underestimated, frustrated but never been defeated. On the contrary, they have turned their weakness into strength. 

Thus, their stories must be inspiring for you to let you see your failure as a trigger that pushes you building success upon success.

To summarize, all I want to say is that you are all winners. You only fail when you stop trying. And as Winston Churchill said : “Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.”

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Sarra Khedhira

Studying civil engineering at the Superior Institute for Technological Studies of Nabeul, a social activist at the International Junior Chamber of Hammamet since 2016 and currently a VP in charge of training and development.

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