Repeat. Then Learn.
There’s something profound in the simplicity of that thought.
Perhaps, as well, it struck a cord because I’ve been reading a lot about the subject lately. Allow me to expand on the notion of failure with a few additional thoughts…
Failure is neither good or bad, inherently. It’s just an opportunity to improve.
There’s a transformational power that comes from changing how we think about failure. And, to me, this is a life skill that must be nourished in young people – whether they be athletes or not.
The way we filter experience is the precursor that determines our success.
Carol Dweck in her book Mindset speaks to what she calls a “fixed mind-set” versus a “growth mind-set”. Take a look at this graphic that’ll gives a visual snapshot of her thesis…
Thomas Edison, the much lauded American inventor, made the same point: “If I find 10,000 ways something won’t work, I haven’t failed. I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.”
Samuel Beckett, the playwright, also expresses this maxim in his novella Worstward Ho:
“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”
Liz Dwyer, Education Editor for GOOD.is, highlights research on how a phrase as simple as this transforms how young people approach learning: “…learning is difficult and failure is common, but practice will help, just like learning how to ride a bicycle.”