Using Failure as a Teacher

Using Failure as a Teacher
A photo of a fence in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. It does not really have anything to do with this post other than I needed a nice looking featured image and I had recently been there and found this spot very impressive.

A back to school concept to go over with students/children.

After failing at something:

DO

  • Determine cause of failure.
  • Fix those causes, or plan how to avoid them.
  • Try again.
  • Repeat if necessary till all causes are identified and removed or addressed.

DO NOT

  • Get angry.
  • Whine/Complain
  • Blame others.
  • Get discouraged.

Failure teaches us how NOT to do something. With some thought and corrections, we can learn how to do that thing and succeed in it. This is really just a fancy way of saying “Trial and Error”. It is important to remember that failure is how we learn. If it did not work one way, or the desired results were not achieved, then you have learned what does not work, and are now one step closer to find out what will.

Shakira’s song from the movie Zootopia is a great way to express this belief:

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