Failure is everybody’s biggest fear. That is no secret! Many of us have probably experienced this at one time or another. Because we exist in a world where our performances are constantly judged, especially in school, failure is often seen as a bad experience. But what if we could get children to see failure as actually a good thing? Would it help them?
Failure is a new beginning…
“Failure is success in progress,” Albert Einstein once said. Failure is unavoidable especially when trying out new things, so it would help our children to know how to accept failure and what to learn from each failure.
Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again. Therefore, it is just a new chance to be successful. If we can communicate this message to our children, it will be a lesson that will help them throughout their lives. One way to inspire kids might be by sharing real life stories of people whose failures led to their eventual success.
Here are some interesting real-life stories of people who refused to give up, embraced with their failures, and later turned them into a ladder leading to success.
Steve Jobs was initially fired from Apple.
Steve Jobs is a well known American entrepreneur because of his unique innovations and strong leadership, but that is not his full story. Jobs failed many times in his career…
Albert Einstein’s teacher said he’d never succeed in life.
There are very few people in the world that don’t know or respect Einstein. In fact, his name has become a synonym for genius. We might think a person like that must have always been successful, but we would be wrong. He had had a lot failures in his life.
Einstein didn’t speak until he was nine years old, and his teacher said he would not amount to anything in his life.
It is not just famous people in far away places that have learned from their failure to find success. Two amazing Nepalis have also taken this path.
Basnet’s journey is a motivation for thousands of people around the globe to make a difference in society and change lives. Awarded with CNN Hero Award 2012 and CNN Super Hero 2016, Puspha Basnet’s story shows how embracing failure leads to success.
“I had started to believe that I was not destined to achieve anything. No matter how many varieties of sectors I tried my hands on, all I could achieve was incompletion. I was totally frustrated,” Nischal once shared in an interview. The man we are talking about right now is a famous Nepali director, actor, and playback singer.
Of course, it is not just famous people that benefit from having a positive attitude towards failure. Here is a story of Laxmi Didi, a Safa Tempo driver who found success by learning from failure.
So let’s remember that if we want our children to be little Einsteins, then we should remember the worlds of the real Einstein: ‘A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.’ Let’s give our children space to make mistakes and the encouragement to keep trying again and again.