Failure as Iteration

Reframing Failure as Iteration Allows Students to Thrive

Who is not afraid of failure? Recent studies show us that failure or failing to perform what you aimed to accomplish should not be treated as a complete failure. Hundreds and thousands of articles and quotes have been written on the web; but still millions of people, children or adult, get entangled in that killer web of deadly and poisonous sense of defeat and failure. Why is that happening, in spite of all the information and examples available around us?

The purpose of the video above is to show you about how a school in the USA is trying to redefine failure by using a very interesting method and how they try to educate their children in a very unique way. At New York City’s game-based learning school Quest to Learn, sixth graders take risks in the process of designing a Rube Goldberg machine, which enables more creativity, innovation, and engagement.

But I would also like anyone reading to use it and accept the value of failing or failure; and how we can use them for our best benefit. One of my professors recently said, “In the five years I’ve been running projects with Darden MBA students, I have never had a project fail to add value. If it was the right kind of question in the first place, And if the students worked hard. You will add value. And often it’s the insight, as much as the ideas themselves, that are the ones that really make the most impact.

Let me mention a few quotes made by people you may know.
“I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.”
Michael Jordan

My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.
Abraham Lincoln

Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.
C. S. Lewis

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.
Steve Jobs

It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.
Bill Gates

Don’t be afraid to fail. Don’t waste energy trying to cover up failure. Learn from your failures and go on to the next challenge. It’s OK to fail. If you’re not failing, you’re not growing.
H. Stanley Judd

Ambition is the last refuge of the failure.
Oscar Wilde

Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out.
Benjamin Franklin

I’ve come to believe that all my past failure and frustration were actually laying the foundation for the understandings that have created the new level of living I now enjoy.
Tony Robbins

Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed on an equal or greater benefit.
Napoleon Hill

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
Thomas A. Edison

On one of the articles I recently read, Pauline said, “To many in our success-driven society, failure isn’t just considered a non-option—it’s deemed a deficiency, says Kathryn Schulz, author of Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error. “Of all the things we are wrong about, this idea of error might well top the list,” Schulz says. “It is our meta-mistake: We are wrong about what it means to be wrong. Far from being a sign of intellectual inferiority, the capacity to err is crucial to human cognition.”

Back to the video!

The video is made by EDUTOPIA. They have a video series called, “Made With Play”. Edutopia’s new series takes a look at game-like learning principles in action and commercial games in real classrooms — and offers tips and tools for bringing them into your own practice. Made With Play is a co-production with Institute of Play.

Enjoy the message for your own, your children, school and company sake.
Merid Desta

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About Merid Desta

I am a very passionate and mature African-Ethiopian researcher/ peacebuilder/ manager/ leader/ who have been doing a research on peace and conflict in the horn of Africa. I have learned that both my under- and post-graduate studies need to be topped up with formal studies of theories and praxis of peace, conflict, justice, identity, nationalism, ethnicity, religion and other related theories. All the trusts, institutes, faith-based and other secular organisations in which I was involved in leadership, mobilising and training capacities, were committed to addressing all aspects of individuals and communities’ life. Being an advocate for all human beings to be released from their spiritual, physical, social, mental and economic poverty, with a view to enabling them to become fulfilled and responsible human beings who live up to the standard of their best capacity, was at the core of all my work and the people and teams whose ministry I led. I have been involved in interfaith; interethnic; intercultural and interdenominational peacebuilding, conflict resolution and management work in the capital. My family’s life has always been sacrificial. We have committed our lives and are preparing for more commitments to work initially among a few communities and regions in Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, Sudan/ South Sudan and the surrounding regions. These nations of Eastern Africa have often been under enormous threats and incidents of civil wars, ethno-religious conflicts, genocide etc.

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