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Famous Failure Day

posted Feb 10, 2015, 5:21 AM by Brenda Connelly
FMIS will celebrate famous failures on Thursday, February 12th.  Why are we having a famous failure day?

Instead of fearing failure we should encourage our students to understand that failures, mistakes and errors are how we learn and develop.  We want our students to ask themselves: “What have I learned,” “What have I done,” and “What worked/what didn’t work?”  Failure does not feel good, and it is natural that we want to shield our children from that bad feeling.  However, they must learn how to pick themselves up, dust themselves off and find alternate ways to achieve their goal.  They have to be equipped to handle the curveballs of life.

Many of the world’s greatest successes have learned how to fail their way to success.  Thomas Edison said, “I have not failed.  I have just found 10,000 ways that don’t work.”  Walter Brunell stated, “Failure is the tuition you pay for success.”  And then there was Einstein…when we hear the name Albert Einstein, we often think “genius.”  However, he did not speak until he was four years old and did not read until he was seven.  His teachers and parents felt he was never going to amount to much.  Think about it…had Einstein listened to those around him, history may have been very different.

We want our students to put their best effort forward and always try their best to accomplish their goals.  That is why we want our students to choose a famous person who has shown perseverance to achieve a dream…a goal…a success.  Below you will find a few links to YouTube videos that show famous failures.  Your student has seen some of these videos at school during our 7 Habits sessions, but we encourage you to watch these with them and have a discussion about the people who are considered to be famous failures.

On Thursday, February 12, our students will have the opportunity to dress as a famous failure.  If your student chooses to dress up, they should know they may be asked by faculty and staff questions about whom they are representing and how this person overcame failure.  We believe this is a great opportunity for our students to understand the true meaning of perseverance and we look forward to seeing the many famous failures roaming our halls!