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Analysis of INSEAD Personal Essay 3: Describe a situation taken from your personal or professional life where you failed. Discuss what you learned.

Describe a situation taken from your personal or professional life where you failed.  Discuss what you learned. (400 words maximum)

While the wording of this question has changed extensively since last year, shifting from personal objectives not being met to a more straightforward request that the applicant discuss a failure, its essence remains the same. To fully address this question, you’ll need to describe the situation and detail, in very concrete terms, what went wrong and why. Keep in mind that the reason a school asks this question is to discern whether a student is able to learn from experience and avoid repeating past mistakes. It will therefore be important to clearly address the second component of this question, discussing the personal growth that resulted from this situation. To end on as positive a note as possible, you might also consider closing this essay with a brief comment about how this lesson has served you since the time of the initial failure.

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