It doesn’t matter that you failed. It doesn’t matter that you lost the client, lost the opportunity, or lost the job. It doesn’t matter that you did your best and that your best wasn’t good enough. The events or the circumstances that led to your failing don’t matter either. There are only three things that matter now.First, you need to derive any lessons you can from your failure. The price of an education is experience. And the price of experience is failure. What did you learn?Second, it matters that you pick yourself up, brush yourself off, and step back into the arena. Your past performance isn’t necessarily indicative of your future performance. Lots of people failed countless times before finally breaking through. But to succeed in the future, you have to try again.But the most important thing I saved for last: You can’t lose your mojo. You are a value creator. You live by the Value Creator’s Code. Because you are a value creator, it’s time to reengage with the world and the opportunities in front of you with all the confidence in your abilities that you had when you tried and failed. It’s time to step back in with all of your mojo, all of your confidence. It’s time to reengage your head, your heart, and your guts. All of these things are still alive inside you. Or they could be.The world is waiting for you to make a difference. We’re counting on you. A lot of people are counting on you. Get your mojo working.
The Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) on Thursday announced that they will contest 75 out of the 80 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh in the 2019 general election, practically ruling out any possibility of the Congress joining the anti-BJP alliance in the State.While the SP will contest 37, the BSP will fight it out in 38 seats, the presidents of the two parties, Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati, said in a joint statement.The names of the candidates have not been announced. Out of the remaining five seats, three will go to the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD). The RLD brushed aside all speculation of being in talks with the Congress, and affirmed that it was a part of the SP-BSP alliance. The three seats for the RLD are Muzaffarnagar, Baghpat and Mathura. RLD chief Ajit Singh is expected to fight from Muzaffarnagar while vice-president Jayant Chaudhary is likely to contest from Baghpat, considered the pocket borough of the family.The alliance has decided to not field any candidates in Rae Bareli and Amethi, currently held by Sonia Gandhi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi. Some key constituencies, held by high-profile BJP leaders, including Varanasi, Lucknow, Gorakhpur, Kairana, Phulpur, Allahabad, Azamgarh and Faizabad, have been allotted to the SP. While Varanasi is the constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Gorakhpur is the bastion of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Lucknow is currently held by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. However, in 2018, the SP wrested Phulpur and Gorakhpur with the support of the BSP and the Nishad Party in a by-poll, while in Kairana the RLD defeated the BJP as a united Opposition experimented in poll management.The SP’s seats include Kannauj, where Mr. Akhilesh Yadav is expected to contest, and Mainpuri, considered a stronghold of SP founder Mulayam Singh. Mulayam’s poserMoments before the list was released, however, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav was once again embarrassed by his father Mulayam Singh, who questioned the distribution of seats, saying it would weaken the SP. “On what basis were half the seats given (to the BSP),” the SP patriarch asked, while addressing party workers at the party headquarters. The seats in the BSP’s list of 38 include Saharanpur, Meerut, Aligarh, Bijnor, and Bulandshahr. Out of the 17 reserved (SC) seats in teh State, the BSP is contesting 10 while the SP has got seven. The reserved seats include Agra, Nagina and Bulandshahr. While the BSP has no members in the current Lok Sabha, the SP has seven. The RLD holds the Kairana seat.RLD vice-president Jayant Chaudhary said his party was regularly working for an “effective opposition unity” against the anti-farmer, anti-youth and anti-Dalit policies of the BJP government.
Samajwadi Party (SP) president Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday equated his party’s gathbandhan (alliance) with the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in Uttar Pradesh to a “trial” that didn’t succeed and declared that the “path in politics” was “open” for his party.“It’s fine, trials happen. Sometimes you don’t succeed. But at least you come to know of the weaknesses,” he told reporters at an Eid-ul-Fitr event in Lucknow.Mr.Yadav said if his party was contesting the coming bypolls alone, he would discuss that with his colleagues and chart out a strategy that would also bring the “Samajwadi people” to power in 2022.“As far as the question of alliance and contesting alone goes, now the path in politics is open,” he said.The SP chief, however, kept the window for compromise open, just like BSP chief Mayawati did a day earlier by praising him and his wife Dimple Yadav personally and asserting that their personal relationship would never end despite the “political compulsions” of putting the political alliance on hold.Mr. Yadav said, “I can assure you what is said for honourable Mayawatiji on the first day, in the first press conference, that her honour will be my honour, even today I say the same thing.”Mayawati’s announcementOn Tuesday, Ms. Mayawati stumped everyone by announcing that she would go it alone in the bypolls coming up in the State after 11 Assembly seats were vacated following the entry of the sitting MLAs to the Lok Sabha. Ms. Mayawati claimed that the Yadavs had deserted the SP and hurt the alliance’s prospects and issued an ultimatum to the SP chief to train his workers to be “missionary” like the BSP cadre, for a revival of the alliance. She also said“there is no breakup of the alliance yet.”