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Positively Seeking Challenge

Posted: 1st October 2020 | Category: Headmaster's Blog

Did you know that about two-thirds of children today will end up doing a job that hasn’t even been invented yet? 

The world around us is changing so fast. It’s no wonder we sometimes feel anxious about how we fit in or question whether we are smart enough. We worry that we will look silly having a go at something new. And sometimes it is tempting to quit before we even have a go.

This week we have been looking at what can help us when we are faced with something new, difficult or an area we feel we are not good at. We surmised that we simply need time or a new strategy to best suit us.

Becoming awesome takes time! Our children need us to be honest so I explained to them that sometimes I do worry when trying something new, especially that I will look foolish. I let them know my secret: I take my time and find a way that best suits me. 

Michael Jordan, one of the most successful basketball players of all time, was never put off challenge or failure and said, “I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and I missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life...and that’s why I SUCCEED.”

3 key areas we addressed that can hold us back were:

Fear of looking foolish - a girl I once taught would ask the most foolish sounding questions in lessons as she was determined to understand the topic for herself. She didn’t care what the others thought and 9 times out of 10 the others were too scared to put their hand up! 

Everyone is way better than me - we need to realise we are looking at these people with ‘success goggles’ on. We haven’t seen all the time and dedication they have put in to become that good, just like Michael Jordan.

Hard work is the key to awesomeness - there is no great secret ingredient! Deliberate and challenging practice is the key.

A fantastic quote that perfectly sums up all we are trying to achieve comes from Thomas Edison, “I haven’t failed, I’ve just found 10,000 ways that don’t work.”

Therefore we are all (adults and children) going to confidently seek challenges to positively enhance our lives and others around us.

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