Wait! You want me to fail?

Have you ever heard of the term fail fast? I will admit that when I first heard the phrase “fail fast and fail often,” I was completely taken aback by the idea. After all, we live in a society that focuses on perfection.

Just look at anyone’s Facebook or Instagram and you’ll see how hard they work to portray a message of perfection with perfect selfies, perfect toddlers, etc. But remember, Facebook and Instagram are just the highlights, that perfect toddler just had an epic tantrum, and SEVERAL filters were used to snap that perfect selfie!

Needless to say, the idea of failing fast can be incredibly difficult, uncomfortable, and even scary, especially if you’re not used to failing on a regular basis. But, I promise you, there are several benefits to failing fast and failing often. Remember, we learn more from our failures and mistakes than from our successes!

Think about that for a moment.

Through our failures, we learn what not to do and think of better ways to solve the problem. We develop courage, resiliency, creativity, and perseverance. As you’re in the middle of failing fast, it can be difficult to see the beauty and appreciate the failure. But, if you’re willing to let yourself fail fast and learn the valuable lessons, you’ll develop a new appreciation for the successes you have in life.

Don’t dwell on your mistakes or failures this school year, instead view them as a gift, as a valuable lesson to learn. The worst thing we can do to ourselves is not to learn the valuable lesson the situation was trying to teach us.

Grow from it, take the risk, and remember to fail fast and often! You’ll be glad that you did!

Caroline LylesCaroline Lyles, FLVS 2016 Teacher of the Year, has been with FLVS since 2011 as both a Spanish instructor and curriculum writer. She has dual Master’s degrees in Spanish and Education with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction. A passionate believer in life-long learning, she has been instrumental in creating and designing Spanish courses at FLVS. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring historical sites and kayaking with her family.

16 comments on “Wait! You want me to fail?

  1. Cristina B.

    “That was intellectual, profound, philosophical, scholarly, perceptive, insightful, weighty, complex, learned (pronunciation: learn Ed), discerning, serious, wise, obscure (in a good way), esoteric, recondite, and abstruse (look those last three up, lol).” Ah, the English language! There are many different synonyms with each it’s slightly differing meaning for every word that was “recommended”, if that’s how you want to see it.


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