Barbara Hong explains why education should not be about avoiding failures. The purpose of learning, as paradoxical as it may sound, is to learn from these errors. Schooling is not merely to gain knowledge, but to develop resilience in overcoming missteps, criticisms, and oppositions. The more we learn to face our blunders, the better we will find out who we are and what we are made of.
Successful people have three commonalities—they failed a lot, are self-aware, and stay consistent. As Leonard Cohen reminded us, “There must be a crack in everything; that’s how the light gets in.”