Failure and success

In his famous 2006 Ted Talk, Sir Ken Robinson said, “if you are not prepared to be wrong, you will never come up with anything original”. So often I work with students who are paralyzed by their fear of failure. They do not attempt a task of there is risk of being wrong. Our society focuses on success and innovation and hides in the shadows, the pain and perseverance from which it is born. Watching my one year olds learn to walk is a prime example that we must fall down countless times before we learn to walk, let alone run.
How can we take the stigma away from failure? How can we help young and old to take heart in the ups and downs of learning and risk taking?

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