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April 1, 2022

Episode 36: Looking back on "It's ok to fail" with Dr Bnar Talabani MBE

Episode 36: Looking back on

Insights: Dealing with fear of failure.

Is fear of failure holding you back in your mission? It’s definitely on my top ten list of things that keep world-changing women awake at night.

What if it all goes wrong?

What if it can’t be done?

What if I don’t succeed?

What if I fail in my one big thing?

There’s nothing like a game of What-Iffery to bring all your mental monkeys out to play!

In this week’s solo episode we look back at my conversation with Dr Bnar Talabani MBE: scientist, doctor, academic, child refugee, wife, mum and all round awesome human. As we look back at the impact of Bnar’s extraordinary childhood on her life and career choices, we can see how learning to deal with the fear of failure helps us to really make progress in the mission we feel called to lead.

It’s all about making different choices and creating better habits. If you know it’s time to think differently, take a listen now.



Sue is on a mission to STOP women playing small so that they can create the legacy they want to leave in the world.  With over 30 years coaching and leadership experience, Sue loves nothing more than disrupting the unhelpful thinking that often holds women back, so that they can think, dream and BE bigger in leading the change they want to see.  Coaching internationally, Sue’s clients are primarily world-changing women who want to lead with confidence, increase their impact and live a life that matters.

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Dr Bnar Talabani MBE

Clinical Academic Fellow

Bnar arrived in the UK in 1998 as a refugee, having fled North Iraq. Her family were targeted for their involvement in the Kurdish resistance against Saddam Hussein’s regime. She graduated from Cardiff University in 2013 and is now training as a kidney and transplant doctor.

She is currently completing her PhD in Immunology at Cardiff University. Bnar, is one of the founding members of Muslim Doctors Cymru, which was formed in 2020 to combat Covid-19 vaccine myths. She later joined Team Halo, a United Nations initiative to combat misinformation & has also volunteered with the British Society for Immunology to create science backed content on vaccines.