Yesterday, I had a great conversation with Youla, a 3rd grade teacher from New York… We talked about her students, about their passion and their determination. She also shared with me some of her secrets in teaching strategies; how she gets her kids excited about school and how she motivates the kids to try and keep trying without the fear of failure.
On the second day of school, she places an eraser on each one of the kids’ desks. When the kids arrive to class they always comment: “Miss, our mom already gave us an eraser…” with a puzzled face.
“The eraser is for you to understand that it is ok to make mistakes, to commit errors, and that you are allowed to erase your answers; however, the purpose here is for you to really understand why you committed the error and for this understanding to click in your mind so you will always remember”
She is teaching her kids what I have been advocating in my writings: “Failures are not regrets but small disappointments that wake up the strength within us! Failures are the process of learning and improving!”
Youla is instructing her kids to take chances, to take risks knowing that they can fail and that it’s not a big deal.
This training is what we call LIFE, and it is full of disappointments and setbacks but they do not last forever!
We all have the power within us to overcome anything that life throws our way. We are wired to be resilient, to bounce back. Nothing can permanently stop us.
Understand and learn from your failures and mistakes; use your eraser, delete them and try again!
Who I am today as a person is largely due to my failures!