Monday, November 30, 2015

Show Your Kids; Trying and Not Succeeding is not the same as Failing

This was tweeted by J.K. Rowling:

Speaking as someone who would never have succeeded if she hadn't first failed on a grand scale, I enjoyed this.


mirmac1 said...

Yes! Thank you Melissa. Add Einstein.

Anonymous said...

Love the sentiment! But the Einstein bit is contentious at best:


Jet City mom said...

One of my favorite examples is Abraham Lincoln.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the lift up, Melissa! Thomas Edison keeps me going: "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."


Anonymous said...

Not a fan of Edison and his thieving ways. Edison < Tesla


Outsider said...

These quaint anecdotes are so Failure 1.0.

If you want to teach your kids about failure, mention this: the CIA and FBI could have easily prevented the 9-11 attacks with reasonably competent professional effort. But their reward for failure was near total power and a 10x increase in budget. That's failure 2.0.

Accountability virtually no longer exists in our society unless you are a football coach. "Success" in the future will consist mostly of spinning your continuous failure to get more power and higher budgets. Luckily, public schools are not a bad place to learn that lesson.

Melissa Westbrook said...

Outsider, those are failures of entities/government. This thread was about personal achievement.