Failing Is Not Always An Indication That You Are Dull

By Chibamba Kanyama

Some of the world’s most innovative and creative individuals rarely do well academically; others even fail exams and get hugely frustrated. One reality is some of these individuals just fail to comply with set standards and norms; they look at equations and conclude they can create their own equations. It is in that process of failing to conform to set standards, standards set by other intelligent people, that they fail the exam.

Conformists usually do better; they memorize other people’s works and once they comply, they are given high marks. However, they rarely create anything new and their progression in life is generally limited. They conform at workplaces, thrive and get promoted but will rarely create anything of their own that employs others (nothing wrong about them at all!)!

If Jesus were to sit an exam under the Sanhedrin or Jews norms, and live by them, He was going to fail. He refused to conform. His perspective or worldview was different and it was this mindset and approach to issues that changed the world past, present and in future.

He challenged (religious) conformism when He said, ‘’No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. Otherwise, the new piece will pull away from the old, making the tear worse. And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins.” Mark 2:21-22

He simply changed the status quo. Innovation, creativity is Biblical and it’s encouraged. There is so much in the horizon awaiting your special touch but you have to go beyond the ordinary; those things that have been accepted as the standard.

Failing is not always an indication that you are dull; at times, it could be a signal that you are gifted in some other areas for which you can make a breakthrough that will change the course of the world. Tap into your gifting, release your potential, understand yourself and how you can do things differently. If you cannot fit into this world, let the world fit into you.

In any case, conforming at times denies us the opportunity to realise our true worth as the Apostle Paul warned, ‘Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–His good, pleasing and perfect will.’ Rom 12:2

(Hope this post has been understood within the right context).


  1. Aub

    You’re really a genius my boss, God’s blessings will always follow you

  2. edgar chibuta

    thanks ba Chibamba for the discourse as it is teaching us to think outside the box in solving problems

  3. Innocent

    Clear understood… Very appreciated for the words..

    • Daniel Banda

      Failing is not just inability to meet the standard set by others. It includes in ability to recognize and apply personal abilities and capacities to improve own spiritual, social and economic status.

  4. John

    Encouraging words of a Genius. Lets make sacrifices in Life and something good awaits us on the other side!

  5. Phiri

    You are very right. i know someone who does not even know how to write his own name doing very well in business and employing others.

  6. Mwalule

    Yaàaaaa that’s my Boss, what a message from the big Boss. I always admire you


    What a an encouragement amidst covid 19 from my church elder this is hilarious. But mr phiri encourage your friend who cant read and write to at least do something about his education because he needs it in his business .

  8. MOSES

    Concerned amplified , Chibamba is a stable genius we need him to be in the winning pf team .

  9. PIQUE

    if this country was to be enlightened,this message is enough to change our mindset.thank you very much man.

  10. FuManchu

    Prejudicial conformity and not maximizing opportunities “failure” stimulates!

  11. CK

    Wow!Well articulated and understood. Open up mindset for the wise.

  12. Edward msungamalo

    What a powerful message! Thanks for that encouragement.

  13. Light

    Thank you sir for the tremendous and wise words which can change our way of thinking as the country and the world at large



  15. Bigmhango

    You inspire me sir my the Almighty God continue to blessing you sir

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  17. Henry Chozya Lungu

    Good inspiration.

  18. Isaac jere

    Thanks sir you always inspire me

  19. Riana Riana

    I like your point

  20. Cynthia

    Wow, so inspiring thanks.

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