Ireland doesn't adequately prepare its young people for failure, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said.
Constant affirmation denies young people the chance to practice resilience, he said in a speech at the Pendulum business and self-empowerment summit in Dublin this morning.
"All of this happens in a world of likes and dislikes, of followers lost and gained.
"For all of us, and those of us who've come the route I've travelled myself, difficulty and failure are always inevitable."
Former Ireland rugby player Frankie Sheahan, the founder and managing director of the summit, told the Irish Independent that he invited the Taoiseach to speak because he believes Mr Kenny has shown resilience in his career.
"The Taoiseach has had his own personal adversity at times, when he was chasing for the leadership, and how many times did he fall short of the summit of his ambitions?"
"I thought that's fascinating about him, forget about what colour shirt you are, I think as an individual he has clearly shown resilience."