We can’t taste success without experiencing failure: Hend Sabry

Ahram Online , Saturday 9 Apr 2022

During a meeting with radio show host Inas Salama El-Shawaf on 92.1 NRJ Egypt station, renowned Tunisian-Egyptian actress Hend Sabry spoke about numerous dualities we experience in life and how she deals with them.

Hend Sabry
File Photo: Renowned Tunisian-Egyptian actress Hend Sabry. Photo courtesy of Hend Sabry Facebook page.

Hosted by the ‘Etnein Etnein’ (‘Two Two’) radio programme earlier this week, the actress revealed that failure is a natural component of any successful person.

“We can’t taste success without experiencing failure,” she explained. “The whole process enriches us with wisdom, while success comes after a lot of fatigue. There is a lot of responsibility in it too.”

Sabry also spoke about the highly competitive nature of the market and how it affects relations between artists. “The fear of others’ [success] generates in us an emotion that can be interpreted as hatred. I do not follow any prejudices and do not impose them on anyone. My philosophy in life is based on offering love until I find it in return. So far, this approach proved successful.”

The idea of the radio show is searching for a variety of emotions that public figures experience and discuss their polarities.

When speaking about fear, Sabry tackled the issue of security and insecurity.

“There is this duality,” Sabry noted. “It is the same as love and fear because the reason for safety is the presence of love. You will not be afraid in a place where there is love.”

Then came the concept of duality of presence and absence.

Sabry explained: “In our profession, the duality of presence and absence is very important. Absence can be very worrying, while too much presence can be also wrong. It is necessary to balance between them, and this can be difficult in the era of social media.”

Referring to her profession, Sabry elaborated on negative criticism versus positive praise, saying: “It is very important not to get affected by what people say, especially praise. If an artist links their artistic values to their desire and expectation to be praised or win awards, they will remain imprisoned in those concepts their whole lives with little thought about art. I do not thank a critic who praises my work because it is not something personal; they are just doing their job. Neither do I comment on any negative criticism.”

“In general, I do not like negativity. I am a very positive person. If I can do something, I will do it, regardless of the field. For instance, I am involved in protecting the environment and supporting the World Nutrition Programme,” she added.

For Sabry, the spiritual aspect plays an important role in her life. “Worship, meditation, and reading about different cultures and their religions is very important, just as reading about different cultural practices such as ancient Indian medicine, etc,” she said. 

This brought the conversation to the concept of good and evil, which coexist within us and around us and “it is our choice how we deal with them and how we develop ourselves with them,” according to the artist.

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