No Failure is too Great; Where There is a Will, There is a Way

August 28, 2018 | Author: Naina Kumble

It’s funny how the world works. One minute you think you may be making one of the biggest mistakes of your life, and the next you realize that ‘mistake’ may have been one of the best things you ever did. That’s what happened to me and my family and looking back I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

Growing up in India, decades ago, if you were good at school you had two choices for a career path – to be a doctor or an engineer. If you did not pursue one of these opportunities, there was a stigma. People would wonder why you were wasting your talents.

From an early age I understood that engineering was in my future. I was the last of six siblings, and my father was retired by the time I entered engineering college. He financially supported all of my education through his pension with a dream of seeing me become a successful engineer.

I was the first engineer in my family. After graduation I worked for a small start-up company. It was challenging to be responsible for a project from end to end and everything in between. It was rewarding but also demanding. This job helped me develop an appreciation for an accountability culture.

At the time, I was balancing my career with raising two small children. But overnight my whole life changed and I had to give up my technical career when my mother-in-law, who cared for my daughters while I worked, died suddenly.

Caring for my children brought me great joy, but I considered leaving my engineering career a significant personal failure. Doing so meant I could not live up to my parents’ expectations. I felt like a letdown to my family because so much time and money had been spent on my education. Many sacrifices had been made for me to pursue engineering and now my career was suddenly brought to a halt. I felt I was a disappointment to my family, my parents, my company and most importantly myself.

I believe that failures are stepping stones to success; accepting failures show us new paths. I am a very optimistic person and truly believe where there is a will, there certainly is a way.

A few years later my daughters were ready for school. At this time, I challenged myself and applied for further studies. I was admitted to one of the best engineering schools in Bangalore for a masters in Technology. It was not easy to go back to school after being away for nearly a decade. All the students were significantly younger than me. At first, I was very apprehensive. Could I make this work? Could I manage school while taking care of my family? Would I be as smart and capable as the other students?

Even though I was extremely nervous about this new challenge and was afraid of the risk I was taking going back to school, I persevered. I was courageous. After a few weeks, my professors took notice of my hard work. This motivated me to work harder. My husband and my daughters also provided much-needed support and encouragement. 

My perceived failure led me back to school where I realized my true potential. I believed I could accomplish my goal of earning a master’s degree and once I did, I landed my dream job at Honeywell Aerospace. Honeywell has provided me with every opportunity to pursue my passion for engineering and innovation via critical program executions, working with technically competent colleagues, and allowing me to grow into my current role as an Engineering Director.NK My passion for engineering and aerospace has inspired both my daughters to pursue careers in the fields of engineering, design and aerospace. My oldest daughter graduated this year from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden with a master’s degree in Design. She will be working as a Human Centric Designer with Volvo automobiles in Sweden starting this Sept. My younger daughter just completed her undergraduate education in Aerospace Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, in Madras, India. She will start her master’s in Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University this fall.NKIn our industry, there is a real fear of failure at all levels. But if we are more open about failures and challenges, the stigma could be eradicated. I encourage leaders and employees to embrace failure, to take risks, and be courageous. It is how we get better. Without examining our failures, we are losing the opportunity to grow and succeed. All experiences – good and bad – help shape us.

 

Naina Kumble

Naina Kumble

Naina Kumble is Director of Engineering at Honeywell Aerospace in Deer Valley, Phoenix, Arizona.

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  • Padma Lochan

    Very inspiring. To the point. Without any floury language. This write-up will be an inspiration to generations. God bless u

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  • Kishore Kumble

    Superbly expressed Naina!

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  • Sheela kumbe

    Excellent Naina, very very inspiring.

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  • Ranjitha m Raj

    I am proud of you my dear friend I pray God to give you all success and happiness in life.

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  • Christi Sunder

    Nina very happy for you and your family and all the achievement. Not to mention what a lovely write-up, immensely motivating.... The challenges you've gone through.... My best wishes.....For all your future endeavors...

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  • Nagesh

    Congratulations on the well-deserved success. Feeling proud and inspired! Best of luck to your daughters!

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  • Shoba M

    I'm proud of your achievement! There is no better way to inspire your kids than leading by example. I am pretty sure that your perseverance and positive outlook has played a big role in your children's' success and is also an inspiration to us. Wish you and your family many more success in life!

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  • Deepu Jacob

    Very inspiring Naina

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  • Tanmay Basrur

    This write up has all the magical powers to bolster anybody's confidence to take risks and accept challenges without the fear of failure ! Congratulations to you a million times !

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  • JAYARAJ PANDIAN

    Well narrated, inspiring true life story.

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  • suma Nagarajaiah

    wow superb naina. A real Hero with whom i have spent 1 year. Real inspiration to all of us.

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  • Priya

    Congratulations and wishing many success to you and your family. You have always been inspiring to mom-employees who do a balancing act over family and career throughout their life.

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  • Prakash Irde

    Inspirational story of your supportive family and your sincere, hardwork, going back to studies and doing what you like the most. Best wishes to both your children for their future. God bless.

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  • Usha

    Congratulations to you and your daughters Naina, You are a true inspiration..

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  • Pratima Irde

    Thank you for sharing your experience which is very inspirational. Kudos to your family and to Honeywell for supporting you at all stages. Best wishes to your children's future and must have been inspired by their parents achievements. God bless you all.

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  • Ravindra Chandavarkar

    Great.. Proud of you... Luv u all. I suggest pass this on to little angel she is waiting for ur support in our society. And many such Nina's Jai gurudev

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  • Manila

    So much that is relatable and relevant, especially to women in early phase of motherhood.. inspires to continue working hard and not give up..

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  • Milind Yederi

    Naina you have actually lived your dreams and proved that if there is a will there is way. Inspiration and motivation for all thankyou for sharing your experiences.

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  • S v murur

    Hai Naina n mahesh read the above contents n really we are proud of you the way you struggled in the beginning n your wiil power to achieve your Goals once again Hatsoff to you n mahesh n your 2 lovely daughters I wish all success in future carrears thanks from jyothi murur n shivu murur my son Alex murur

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  • Jayanti Padukone

    Awesome Naina you have written beautifully Congratulations to you and your family

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  • Meera G Naimpally

    Very well expressed naina..god bless you with more and more success in your life

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  • Pushpa halady

    Hats off to you Naina, you deserve the best. Very inspiring. Very nicely expressed.!!!!

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  • KAPIL KUMAR

    Very inspiring

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  • Parveen Garg

    Naina life is like that only. Bigger the risk better the results. Keep it up and wish you more and more success in life. A person like you deserves much more than this. Really feel lucky to have a friend like you. You had helped me lot in case of Adi.

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  • Ajay

    Congratulations Naina.. something like this.. is my story as well.

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  • Thomas C Philip

    Really inspiring write up Naina. You have brought back the college days to life. Proud to be your batch mate during the engineering days. You were one among the toppers. May the Almighty bless you and your family abundantly.

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  • Rachna

    Lovely Naina . The humbleness and simplicity that adorns your gentle persona i makes you start apart in the crowd always ..........

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  • Hemlata Yederi

    Truly inspiring , I am sure a lot of women will see you in themselves and get the confidence to believe it's never over, and come back on the path to achieve their goals ...find the will to it .

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  • Rachu

    Naina humbleness has s a mirror to your personality and family your greatest strength . Great recap of the years gone by .

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  • Smitha Bhat

    Really very inspiring!!

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  • Kirit Patel

    Very inspiring article. Thanks for sharing your story with everyone.

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  • Deepavali Desai

    Thank you Naina for sharing such an inspirational story.

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  • Vandana Koppikar

    Well said Naina Pachi... Congratulations....

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  • Divya

    Very Inspiring. U r a star..

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  • Pankaj Bhutani

    Many Congratulations Naina, Thanks for Inspiring all of us.

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  • Ghulam

    I never have a habit of going through any blogs till the end, but the way you captured it from the very first paragraph inspired me to go through your complete blog. Very well captured and a true motivational inspiration. Lot to learn from your life.

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  • Yugandhar Valluru

    A true inspiration !

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