Our Failure Competition Starts Today
If you were at our Hall of Fame Event a few weeks ago, you saw a video featuring one of our honorees, Mayor Ken Bradley who is also CEO of Florida Hospital, Winter Park. The video starts out with Ken saying the following: “I came to UCF as a failure and left a success.” Ken had seen his dream to enter medical school dashed, but found his future at UCF. He has gone on to great things. His achievements landed him in our Hall of Fame, a place where only 61 of our more than 50,000 alums have been recognized for their accomplishments.
Despite what helicopter parents think, everyone fails. It is part of life. Getting comfortable with failure is a key step in becoming a better risk–taker and successful business leader. That is why we celebrate failure and persistence in the college. Today, we begin the third installment of our Failure Competition in the College’s Capstone Class. I will be explaining the details of this semester’s competition to students today at 1:30 pm. But the basics are pretty simple:
1. Each student in our capstone class is asked to write an essay on a failure they have experienced, how it transformed them, and what others can learn from their experience.
2. They are to post these essays in response to this blog along with the section number and name of their instructor. They must complete this exercise by 5 pm on March 14th.
3. Each instructor will then choose a winner from their section and explain why they chose the essay they did.
4. Those winning entries are then sent to me. I will select three or four finalists.
5. The finalists will be asked to submit short videos based on their essays. They must have those videos to me by March 28th at 5 pm.
6. I will then feature one video each day on my blog the week of March 31st, with a vote taking place on Friday April 4th.
7. The winner will get a letter of recommendation from me along with a $500 cash prize. Second place will get $300, third place $200.
We have had as many as 800 voters for the past competitions. With the help of the alumni association, I expect we will have at least that many this semester. If you to get some sense of the stories that have moved voters in the past, finalists’ entries are still on my blog as prior posts. Look them up.
Good Luck to the participants and Charge On!