EVERYTHING I REALLY NEED TO LEARN I LEARNED FROM FAILING

Success is learned from missing the ball

FINAL THOUGHTS

As educators we have all seen the bright light in the eyes of the student who “gets it.” We have also seen that light go dark in the eyes of the student who sees his or herself as a failure. Learning to grow in the face of failure can be a challenging and daunting task; one which is often difficult to navigate alone. We can make their journey more difficult by only celebrating the successes or we can teach them how to embrace failure. As Dave Anderson, founder of Famous Dave’s BBQ Restaurant reminds us, “Failure is the hallmark of success. It can be the starting point of a new venture, such as when a baby learns to walk; it has to fall down a lot to learn the new skill. Failure is also the mark of a success you have worked for. When a pole vaulter finally misses in competition, it shows how far he has come. That failure becomes the starting point for his next effort, proving that failure is not final.” We have a responsibility to our students to help them find the starting point after each failure. If they really want to achieve their dreams — I mean really achieve them, not just daydream or talk about them — they have got to get out there and fail. Fail early, fail often, but always fail forward. Teach them to turn their mistakes into steppingstones for success.

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