I too find that failure is essential to learning and succeeding. I often say that FAIL= First Time In Learning. When we fail, we learn from the mistakes we did, and it gives us the opportunity to try again, this time differently. I believe that by failing, we learn different ways of succeeding. People who have never really failed at anything in their lifetime may have never tried anything new, or may only know one way of solving things, doing things. I sometimes envy those who are naturally gifted and talented when it comes to school because they never really have to try. I sometimes try my hardest, yet I still fail. I would say that I have failed many classes many times, but the second time around, I was able to understand the material better, I learned from my mistakes and only failure motivated me to do better, and try even harder.
I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. – Michael Jordan
The pupil who is never required to do what he cannot do, never does what he can do. – John Stuart Mill
I want my kids to fail. That probably isn’t at the top of your list for your kids, but it should be. Failure is one of the most important experiences they will ever have. The road to success is paved with failure because failure teaches us how to succeed.
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