All posts tagged: failure versus success

The Teacher is Talking: What if the Best Success is Failure?

By Leslie Lindsay A little over a year ago, an article was penned by Paul Tough in the NYTimes Magazine.  It was entitled, “What if the Secret to Success is Failure?”  Read that again.  The best success might very well be failure?  It caused quite a stir and resulted in many letters to the editor.  (You can read the article yourself here http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/18/magazine/what-if-the-secret-to-success-is-failure.html?_r=1).  Now, I am not going to bother analyzing the article or offering my own editorial opinions, but I will say there is a little something to this.  (image source: http://www.worldcupblog.org/world-cup-2010/soundoff-was-world-cup-2010-a-success-or-failure.html) Even Ben Franklin thought so, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.”  Ring a bell?  (Oh, wait…that’s Pavlov).  Oh, but digress… From personal experience, I can say that they things I have done in my life that leave me with the most sense of self pride have been things I have tried to do–and wanted to do badly–but first failed.  Even a little bit.  Successful folks get that way because they won’t take ‘no’ for an answer.  Successful people keep trying; …