It Takes Courage To Fail Well

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BBC shares a story of a girls school introducing “failure week”

A top girls’ school is planning a “failure week” to teach pupils to embrace risk, build resilience and learn from their mistakes.

The emphasis will be on the value of having a go, rather than playing it safe and perhaps achieving less.

The headmistress, Heather Hanbury, said she wanted to show “it is completely acceptable and completely normal not to succeed at times in life.”

Ms Hanbury told BBC News that she had placed a great emphasis on developing resilience and robustness among the girls since she arrived at the school four years ago.

“The girls need to learn how to fail well – and how to get over it and cope with it,” she said.

“Fear of failing can be really crippling and stop the girls doing things they really want to do.

“The pupils are hugely successful but can sometimes overreact to failure even though it can sometimes be enormously beneficial to them.

“We want them to be brave – to have courage in the classroom,” she added.

It certainly takes courage to face the voices of failure in our lives. That is a mark of a real leader. I would be engaged in a connecting conversation with a person who has failed, rather than be successful all his life. 
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