On Success, Incipient Success And Self-Esteem (August 17, 2015)

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P1          “The youngster’s t-shirt questioned:  “What would you try if you knew you could not fail?”

P2          “They say that risk is the handmaiden of reward.”

P1          “At first I thought the sentiment was quaint because failure is indeed always a possibility, yet I wondered whether cultivating some confidence at a young age leads to a sense of possibility and develops reasonable risk taking in later years.”

P2          “I was allowed to fail.  I now try when I am almost certain that I will fail.”

. . .

P1          “Not trying is certain failure.”

P2          “They say that you miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.”

. . .

[See the e-commentary on schooling and self-esteem at Readin’, ‘Ritin’ and ‘Rithmetic . . . and Respect . . . and Success (March 14, 2011).]

Bumper sticker of the week:

“You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.”  Wayne Gretzky

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