If I Fail More Than You, I Win!

I came across this quote from Seth Godin recently and I have been thinking about what it means in education.  You need to take chances and get out of your comfort zone to accomplish great things.

Consider the following…

Steve Jobs created more terrible technology than me – he wins!

Oprah Winfrey has asked more stupid interview questions than me – she wins!

LeBron James has missed more game winning shots than me – he wins!

Schools were set-up for the industrial revolution.  Do this activity, get it perfect, move on to the next task.  However, the jobs that our students will have in the future will not require them to do things this way.  Computers will do that work for us.  The new “connection economy” will reward the “artists”, the people who can come up with new ideas and make connections.  That kind of work requires that people will fail in order to really achieve the success they pursue.

Another way to think about this is a student gets an A on every assignment, in every course through school. They graduate and write their first blog post or create their first video and people say it is terrible they will not be able to deal with this failure. We need to teach them that it is okay to fail and provide opportunities for them to step outside of their comfort zones to do so.