Grow Through Failure is one of Incubate to Innovate’s ChangeMaker Mindsets™.
As we seek to develop empathetic, problem-solving skills and inspire stewardship of ideas to cultivate social change and widespread impact, we need courageous leaders that bring commitment, ingenuity, and a willingness to take risks.
The mindset of Grow Through Failure asks a critical question: How can I reframe failure as a tool for learning and growing? In life, a person often learns the most from taking risks. Celebrating resilience, learning, and growth is an important part of authentic leadership.
Staying where a person is currently at seems far more reliable than jumping toward something new and different. Because innovation requires us to move outside a safe and reliable place, we have sought to build a community of support. This online collaborative learning community allows others to take risks within a safe environment while simultaneously providing encouragement and resources for learning and growing.
Whether you work with students, employees, clients, or community members, help others see the value in navigating hard situations by reframing failure to help breed future success. Of course, we must first learn to do it ourselves! When we see our failures as learning opportunities, it allows us to more readily engage critical thinking skills when we face setbacks. Then, we can move forward instead of staying stuck in the past and model this well for others.
“Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success.” – C.S. Lewis
Our response to failure is always a choice. The opportunity awaits for us to model this for those in our sphere of influence. Imagine a world full of people who have learned to Grow Through Failure!
How do we partner together to look potential failure in the eye and move forward?
How can we reframe failure as a tool for learning and growing?
What if the person who fails the most actually wins?
What if learning from our failures allowed us to create more innovative and creative ideas?