Get them talking:

What’s something you’ve failed at recently?

Have you gone back and tried again?

What did you learn from your failure?

Keep them talking:

Can you think of a time when you overcame repeated failures before you finally mastered a new skill or tool?  Tell me about that.

We all hate to fail — and yet, failing is inevitable when we learn new skills.  How does our fear of failure hold us back?

Points to consider:

Failure is a vital, inevitable part of learning.

As coaches, mentors and teachers, we have to create safe to fail situations — opportunities to try new things without too much risk.

Thomas Edison had it right: after trying 10,000 versions of his new lightbulb design without success he said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

Learn more:

Michael Jordon on Failure

What would you do if you knew you could not fail?