Any hard-working entrepreneur will agree that the road to success is paved by failure. But for many students, one success after another paves a way as far away from failure as possible.
This Atlantic piece, written by a mother who is also a teacher, dives into a common trap where children value achievement more than learning. They have “sacrificed (their) natural curiosity and love of learning at the altar of achievement,” she said. Adding, “And it’s our fault.”
Surely, none of us are strangers to the fear of failure. It’s much more comfortable – as an adult or a child – to stick with what you know and shy away from challenges that may reveal just how much you don’t know. But when we value validation, achievement, and awards more than we value learning, our worldview, experience, and sense of self shrinks.
At Self Development Academy, we know there is value in struggle, and being a lifelong learner is a journey well worth the risk of failure. As parents, you can encourage your children to embrace intellectual bravery. Consider these tips:
The point is that regret, guilt, and frustration with ourselves can be motivating or it can be limiting. We could sit with that emotion and let overwhelm us. Instead, we should use the discomfort as a sign that we believe in a better version of our self. This emotion is information that we are capable of change, of improving ourselves. We are our own greatest strength. We are our own greatest asset.
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