Nik Govier: "Sometimes failure is the making of you"

Nik Govier, founder and CEO of Blurred, walked away from her first business venture. She talks to MT about what it felt like to start again and how failure has helped her become a better leader.

by Éilis Cronin

Launching your first company and maintaining its success is the goal for pretty much every entrepreneur. So the thought of walking away from your first ‘baby’ can seem daunting, but sometimes it can be a necessary change.

That’s certainly Nik Govier's experience. In 2005, when she was in her 20s, she launched PR and comms agency Unity. But in 2018 she made the difficult decision to walk away from the business.

“I couldn’t have been prouder of the work my business partner and I achieved during our time together at Unity, but there was a clash of values. We’d reached a point where we weren't pulling in the same direction anymore. Although it was heartbreaking and I felt an enormous loss of identity, walking away was the right thing to do,” she says.

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