We are coming to the end of a successful three weeks of celebrating failure! We have shared stories of our own mistakes or failures, and explored ways in which they have led to our personal growth.
In the second week, the entrance to the library became a ‘staircase of ‘successful’ failures’, dotted with stories from the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Winston Churchill, Carey Mulligan, Jay-Z, Thomas Edison, Vera Wang, Sir James Dyson, Walt Disney and, of course, J.K. Rowling – all of whom experienced rejection and/or failure before they went on to become the household names – and success stories – they are today.
Throughout the three weeks, students had the opportunity to help themselves to worksheets with activities and strategies on topics, such as how to respond when you make a mistake, how to see it in a positive light, or, if things don’t go according to plan, how to adapt and create a plan B.
A broad selection of books, including Overcoming Fear of Failure; an abridged version of Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway and J.K. Rowling’s wonderful speech to a Harvard graduating class Very Good Lives – were, and will continue to be, available in the library, since I have no doubt that we will all continue to make mistakes as a crucial part of our learning journey.
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”