With failure not an option, imagine the possibilities

By DeVry University

What would you do if you knew you couldn’t possibly fail?  

The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) asks this concept of its members.  It’s a core question designed to motivate members in clarifying their purpose in life. If you know you cannot fail at something, it’s easier to achieve it.

A new NSLS inductee, Barbara Peraza, immediately knew her answer: She wanted to build a better future for herself and her two children, to be a mother she knew they would be proud of.

“Every single experience gives you a reward in life. Failing will give you something back. It will teach you to work through a situation, to take the outcome and make something of it,” Peraza said. “We don’t know if we’ll succeed or fail at something, but we cannot pass up opportunities for different experiences that can show us who we are.”

A student at DeVry University’s Keller Graduate School of Management in Long Beach, Calif., Peraza is now a member of the executive committee for DeVry’s Long Beach NSLS chapter and organizes the day-to-day aspects of the club, including new member orientations, club meetings and goal-setting. She recently was one of two university NSLS chapter members invited to a retreat to learn how to better assist new members in discovering and achieving their short- and long-term professional objectives.

Building leadership skills, identifying goals and developing a plan to achieve them is a chief focus of the 500 NSLS clubs nationwide. Following the retreat, DeVry chapter NSLS members began working collaboratively to keep each other accountable for their goals.

“Self-discovery, finding your authentic true self is a key platform of our NSLS chapter,” said Laura Knapp, dean of DeVry University’s campus in Long Beach and co-advisor of the NSLS club. “We are proud to offer students the opportunity to join NSLS, and our executive committee is fully inspired to continue growing the club and supporting our students.”

NSLS membership is lifelong.