A few days ago, Surf Excel launched a new television commercial ‘HaarkoHarao’ that aimed at changing the perspective about failure. It is a great step to play an important part in changing our society where failure is seen as an end itself.
The advertisement by Surf Excel revolves around the story of a young child Haroon, who stands to challenge the narrative of failure. The coach of Haroon’s team gets disheartened after the kids lose their 5th consecutive match and decides to quit but Haroon intends to change his decision.
Haroon with his simplicity convinces the coach to continue the training. This sends an important message to all kids and especially their parents that failure doesn’t mean we should quit, rather, it should force us to try harder and harder until we achieve what we aim.
Running away from failure will not help but changing the attitude towards it will pave the way for our youth to be playful with the untapped potential and hidden talent. #HaarKoHarao
— Snober Abbasi (@snobers) January 24, 2018
This commercial reminds me of my childhood memories of street cricket when our team lost matches in a major tournament but we didn’t lose hope because our elders supported us.
Every parent wants their child to succeed in life and most importantly, become a good human being. They keep emphasizing on success and winning but the fear of failure in achieving these goals is keeping them from truly liberating the kids. #HaarKoHarao
— Sadaf Alvi (@TheGrumpyDoctor) January 30, 2018
The one and a half minute long commercial is challenging a taboo in our society where failure is considered as something “bad” and “unacceptable” rather than being part of the learning process. All parents and teachers should encourage their children to have a winning attitude & create an environment where the kids don’t fear failure.
There’s a different kind of strength and determination you find when you hit rock bottom. The kind of strength that can get you through anything. #HaarKoHarao
— ms keisha (@meemelif) January 24, 2018
‘Haar ko Harao’ is a conceptual campaign aiming to change how our society takes failure. Another thing which can be observed in this ad is that the fear of failure is usually transferred from elders to children, such as in this ad from the coach to Haroon.
This is what we need to change! Parents, teachers, trainers and elders should support children in their failures and should tell them how they can learn from their mistakes rather than being disheartened.
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