What if I Fail?

What If I Fail Grow Through Failure

What If I Fail?

By: Joanna Richter

How many of you like sharing about a failure?

I recently observed a 5th grade art class where the teacher was leading a discussion with students about using art to inspire others. The teacher passed out cards that asked a group of students a question, such as, If you could create a brand-new board game, what would the game be called, how would the game be played, and how would the person win? The only rule the students had to follow was to draw out their answer.

Immediately students began to shut down, and make statements such as,

“that’s too hard.”

“what if my drawing is bad and no one understands it?”

Students were being fearful of the unknown and the possibility that they could fail.

People struggle with the idea of failure. Always allowing the thought in the back of their mind to be, “what if I fail?”

Choosing to Grow Through Failure opens the door for authenticity, yet many of us struggle to share our moments of failure.

If you think about any good story, you will be reminded of the failures or moments of despair that the characters go through. It is in sharing the failures that make the story one that we choose to engage in. If the character never had to overcome or never grew through failure, the ending of the story would not be so victorious.

The next time you set out to tell your story, ask yourself,

In what areas have I experienced failure?

How did I take that failure as an avenue that pointed me towards growth?

How can I share that failure with my audience to inspire? 


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