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Friday, September 21, 2012

Everyone experiences failure

One of the hardest things to accept is that failure is part of life and we're all going to experience it.  No one is exempt.  How's that for a downer?  Now, let's turn it around and make it positive  :)

Failure shows that we are willing to learn, to try, to take a chance.  Failure gives us the opportunity to start again, with new determination to succeed.  Failure teaches us humility and patience.

It took awhile but she succeeded!
When you or your child struggles with a sense of failure, ask, "What can I learn from this?"  "How can I be successful next time?"  Turn the negative experience into a learning experience.  As Thomas Edison famously said, "I have not failed.  I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."  Hopefully, we (or our children) won't have to do something 10,000 times before succeeding but if it's important and that's what it takes, it's worth it. 


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