The positive side of failure

A recent conference presentation reminded us that failure can have positive outcomes. For children and young people failing at something can teach powerful and useful lessons. It might be they discover they are not good at something which can free them up to focus on other things they are good at. Or it might demonstrate that there are good and not so good ways of going about things. For professionals failure can also be valuable. Having the freedom to try and fail in your work (something the Brave project allows) allows you to try out new ideas without being afraid to fail, which can result in surprising successes along the way. The important thing is to try and ʻfail fastʼ, and then use the learning to develop something new.