At the end of school this year, my oldest son, Sawyer, had a year end award ceremony. He was getting an award for earning straight A’s all year. My wife and I are so proud of him. At the beginning of this school year, my lovely wife, Nicole, challenged him to make all A’s. This was Sawyer’s first year of middle school, a sixth grade student. He was at a new school with new experiences, and a new curriculum. We knew that he was capable of achieving these grades, even though he would be in a new place. He just needed to commit to it, and make it happen. So he focused, worked hard, and did it. We are so proud of him. Congratulations Sawyer!
His award got me thinking. Straight A’s in school are awesome. What about straight A’s in life? Am I a straight A student in life? I remember working for those A’s in school, most of them came easy to me. Earning those grades in life, didn’t come as easy. This makes me wonder if straight A’s are more important now then they were in school.
Life is not easy. When you decide to pursue the education of life, you may not always succeed. You may not always earn an A. When I was in school an F or failing grade scared me to death. Now in life, I look for failures. I realize the importance of failing, because you can’t always succeed.
When You Fail
There are several emotions that accompany failure. They are the feelings of discomfort, disappointment, and dissatisfied. Usually when you feel these emotions you think you’ve done something wrong and may want to quit or give up. However, when you fail, these feelings let you know you are headed in the right direction.
Discomfort – Success is not found in your comfort zone. You have to do the things that aren’t comfortable to achieve greater success.
Disappointment – You will be disappointed by the things you discover you had no clue about, or should learn. Success requires you to learn new things.
Dissastified – After all the tries and falling short, you will not be satisfied with your current state. You will have to keep going to achieve success.
As I’ve gotten older maybe the fact of becoming a straight A student isn’t as important. I realize now the importance of failing. I’ve realized that you can’t earn an A in life unless you experience the F’s. Some of the greatest lessons in my life have come from failure. These failures help me continue to grow, continue to get better, and someday earn the A.
Think about this today in your own life. We all have an opportunity to earn the grade. We all have an opportunity to succeed, but it’s those opportunities to fail that we should really treasure. When we push ourselves out of our comfort zone and when we go to the end of the branch, then we will learn. That’s when we have the opportunity to succeed. In school maybe I didn’t understand that. Now I look forward to daily lessons.
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I’m so proud of Sawyer for earning straight A’s. I hope he continues with this success as long as he is in school, and also in life. One thing that I hope I can teach my children is that it’s not your successes that make you the person that you should be, it’s your failures. Don’t be afraid of failure! Don’t be bothered by discomfort, disappointment, and dissatisfaction. Embrace those feelings, leave your comfort zone by walking to the edge of the branch, and succeed!