Failure is certainly something we try to avoid. So often we are obsessed with winning, with being the best, putting forth our best effort, of succeeding at best, or meeting minimum requirements at worst, that we forget how important failure can be.
The problem is, if you don’t learn how to navigate failure successfully – meaning to fail, often spectacularly, and know to come back from failure and try again – your chances of true success are substantially lower. Most famous people have failed, with depressing regularity. If you want to see a partial list, click here, because if you have ever failed, you are in very good company.
Most things we fail at are not fatal. Failing to understand water can easily be fatal in an unsupervised or dangerous situation, which is why it is so important to have your child in swimming lessons from a very young age. Give children a safe environment to try their skills, and a place to fail that is also safe. Better a mouthful of water down the wrong pipe with a teacher nearby. Better to learn how to enter any body of water safely under supervision than doing a flip into an abandoned quarry, because yes, your teenager will think it’s a good idea.
But just as with any other opportunity for failure, amazing success can result with the right experience and training. Everyone ready to cheer on our Olympic swimmers and divers this summer?