Failure As A Learning Process

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Failure as a learning process Although nobody likes to fail, failure allows us to analyze problems using our past experiences to reach desirable outcomes. Failure can also be subjective, since not everyone views failure the same. However, it is beneficial to view failure as an opportunity to grow by using prior experiences to assess a current state. In this paper, I will discuss failure in two domains: School and Relationships, contrasting each domain with prior experiences of failure and how my experiences became more intricate as I got older. Failure in school as a child As a child, the last thing you want is to fail at a task. From being last in a running competition, to losing at monopoly, failure is seen as an end result. You try something that lead to failure, so you try to avoid that activity again, for fear of failure. Because failing can be viewed as an embarrassment as a child, you want to save face by externalizing the outcome of your failure. For example, when I would loss a game of monopoly, I would blame it on the other player cheating. The failures I went through as a child, although they were miniscule compared to failures as an adult, have served as a foundation for future successes. I was born in a Spanish-speaking household, so I entered pre-school only knowing Spanish. I constantly struggled in my first few years of school, because I was always behind in reading and comprehension. I failed most of my kinder-garden evaluations and I got to the point
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