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Failing is good! Ten points to convince your parents

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Academy for Enterprising Girls

When it comes to being an entrepreneur, one thing is pretty clear. You will probably fail at some point along the way. But don’t freak out just yet. This is a good thing! Trust us!

Failing is one of the many ways we can learn, and for this to happen, we need to open our minds and embrace the growth mindset.

A growth mindset is about continuously believing improvement is possible and that you have the ability to learn and improve. A growth mindset is considered essential to successful entrepreneurship, and means you can learn through failing. We call this flearning. 

Of course, trying to convince your parents that failing is OK can be another thing. 

So here’s 10 foolproof arguments to convince them that failing is a totally fine!

“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.” — J.K. Rowling

  1. Everyone fails. Chances are your parents or guardians have failed at something. Ask them!
  2. Failure helps you understand things. It teaches you what not to do and how to avoid making the same mistake in the future.
  3. It makes you more resilient. One of the best ways to get stronger and be able to deal with difficult situations later in life, is to fail at something. It’s character-building!
  4. You learn lessons you might not learn at school. Take the time to understand what you did wrong, and how you can fix it or at least improve for next time. 
  5. You will try to find a different approach. Often failing allows us to try something different we might not have otherwise tried. 
  6. It gives you a deeper understanding of people and things. People are complex and making mistakes is normal. You will get a better understanding of people and why it’s important to forgive others when they make mistakes, if you make a few of your own. 
  7. You learn to take risks. Risk taking is inherent to being an entrepreneur, so it really helps you learn to take risks because failing often isn’t that bad after all. 
  8. It makes success so much better. There’s nothing quite like messing up something for the first time and then nailing it the next time. It really gives you that warm fuzzy feeling inside. 
  9. You learn what you don’t want. Sometimes we have too many things we want to try or test out. If something doesn’t work out, it’s easier to discard it and try other ideas.
  10. It makes you hungrier. Failure is a huge driver of innovation because it can really make us want to succeed even more. 

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