Reconceptualising Failure

When you’ve dropped a clanged or epically failed at something, it can leave you feeling pretty low.

But not if you look at not winning in a different light.

Golfer Greg Norman lost the US Open in 1996 despite leading the field for the whole tournament.

Norman could have exited quietly that day but he took the opportunity to share some of his wisdom by saying this:

Losses aren’t a waste of time. They are an apprenticeship. Real failure is a man who has blundered and not cashed in on the experience; failure is an attitude not an outcome.

Now we can all learn plenty from this response.

When we fail, do we cash in on the experience? Do we use it as a springboard to bounce back and get better?

Reconceptualising failure in the classroom is important because we can teach children that when things don’t work out, that isn’t game over but game on.

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