How many of you learn more from your mistakes than your successes?
You probably know the phrase, “more risk, more reward.” In school we were all taught that failure is bad. Students' job is to figure out what the teacher needs and give the teacher whatever the teacher wants.....
We are not encouraged to take risks as educators, are we?
In the entrepreneurial arena, failure can be a great thing if a positive lesson is learned. Napoleon Hill, author of Think and Grow Rich, states that, “Every failure carries with it a seed of equal or greater benefit.” IDEO, the most innovative design company in the world, has unique motto: “'Fail early and fail often.” That's because there is no innovation without trial and error.
What can we do at school?
Should we protect children or let them fail? Parents often protect children at home and don´t want them to make mistakes.
But that's the only source of real self-confidence. This way you can learn that you can recover from a mistake.
Allow children to fail and it will force them to create new ways to accomplish their goals and learn from their mistakes.
When your children fail, don’t punish, but instead discuss what factors lead to the failure and brainstorm ways to prevent it from happening again in the future. Always seek to find the “learning lesson” in each adversity and encourage your children to NEVER give up.
We have too, in our teaching, be willing to take risks, to get outside of our comfort zone, be willing to learn from mistakes.