Rachel Simmons c.2020 The New York Times Company
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6 Jan 2020
4:37 pm

How to overcome failure

Rachel Simmons c.2020 The New York Times Company

Note how you feel without exaggerating or denying your feelings.

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I’ve spent the last decade teaching failure resilience to students. Learning to fail is a skill like any other. Which means it takes practice. Here’s how you can approach a setback so that — to paraphrase Cardi B — when you’re knocked down nine times, you can get up 10. What's the worst that can happen?  After I bombed a speech earlier this year, my first instinct was to blame myself. How could I have let my nerves get the best of me? But self-blame can inhibit you from taking risks in the future. Carol Dweck, a psychology professor at...