Make Failure Your Friend if You Want to Succeed by Elise Pacquette

Make Failure Your Friend if You Want to Succeed | Elise Pacquette

Elise Pacquette has done a great deal in her life. After growing up in Tunbridge Wells, she moved to London and has been living there for the past 19 years. In those years, she has been an artist/illustrator, stage manager, prop maker, art teacher, degree lecturer, communication support worker, and a qualified sign language interpreter. But her true work doesn't feature on her CV– she's a social entrepreneur who is passionate about making sure pre-teens safely and confidently become independent in adulthood. And part of making healthy and happy adults involves thinking about how we grow and fail in a whole new way. 

A little bit about her and why she'll give a terrific TEDx talk: Elise is the founder of Funpactand the creator of The Bridging The Gap course which offers a unique opportunity for parents/carers and their pre-teens to explore the journey towards independence together. An idea Elise had in the middle of the night three years ago has now developed into an award winning social enterprise hosted by schools and youth and health centres in West London. In her talk at TEDxRoyalTunbridgeWellsWomen, she will challenge us teach our children to become fearless in the face of failure so they can live more successful lives. 

Elise's favourite TED talks: Ric Elias: 3 Things I Learned While My Plane CrashedBrène Brown: The Power of Vulnerability, and Jill Bolte Taylor: My Stroke of Insight.

Here's what Elise wants you to take away from her talk: To go away feeling differently about not achieving something you set your heart on because you have gained an insight regarding the power of time to change something in your past which was labelled as a ‘failure’ into something more successful than the original aim would have achieved. By re-mapping and re-labelling that previous failure, you can help re-evaluate current circumstances and indeed the future. This can lead you to being braver with your risks, letting go of past regret, and being more positive about your future knowing that whatever happens is part of your journey.

You can learn more about Elise over on: Twitter and her website.