Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Sometimes Failure Isn't Necessarily Bad For You

I found an interesting article at the Chicago Tribune about the inability of the younger generations of today to accept criticism or disappointment. Where parents have desired to surround them with completely positive support to help build their self-esteem, there is apparently some sort of balancing point there, also. We need to learn how to handle disappointments and setback, because they are very much a part of life. I'm not an advocate of some of the harsh methods that some people use with their children, where they feel unable to measure up to their parents standards. But on the other hand, we're not doing kids any favors if we let them think that all of their wildest dreams will come true, and that they should expect the world just to give them whatever they want when they want it. My failures have become some of the more valuable experiences I've had in life, and though I wouldn't wish disaster on anyone, I also wouldn't with for them a life completely devoid of disappointment.

By their estimation, today's young people have been praised so much that some flail at their first taste of criticism or failure. Others develop a keen sense of privilege, believing they'll coast into a golden future regardless of their actual talents, accomplishments or willingness to work.
I would encourage you to take a read. I found this article very insightful.

1 comment:

  1. Great point. Failure is a learning opportunity. I came across a similar article the other day regarding being wrong. Failure and being wrong are keys to improving and learning what is right. I don't enjoy failure, but I always learn a lot from it.