‘Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.’ Nelson Mandela
People fear failure and are often too scared to try new things due to not wanting to fail. I have found this particularly the case with children who are really bright, especially in Maths. Many cannot cope with getting things wrong. I love taking my students into the ‘learning pit’.
Is it ok to make a mistake? YES, YES, YES. Mistakes are often the best way to learn. You will have heard the expression ‘Fail forward’. But what does this take? It takes resilience, confidence and an understanding that it is ‘safe’ to make a mistake. Learn from them and move forward.
How many times does a toddler fall down before they learn to walk. They fall down and get up again. Each time growing a little stronger. We have the same resilience to draw upon that we did when we were young. We just need to get back in line with our resilience and have a determination to succeed. If as toddlers we all decided: ‘this is too hard’, ‘I can’t be bothered’, then the world would be a very different place.