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Learning by Failing

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I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. –Thomas Edison

There are a lot of great quotes about failing. The University of South Alabama’s still new football team lost to Kent State this weekend. This is their second loss ever. The final score was 33-25. The score does not really tell the whole story, Kent State took an early lead for most of the game. USA came back with a vengeance but ran out of time.

I wish they could have won, but I’m not disappointed in the team. They are still finding their way. This is the first season for away games, and to play bigger and more established teams. I guess the main thing is that we will see what they learn from this. Learning by failing is a tried and true technique. Learning by failing is important because failing shows you what you don’t know. Many things that are now considered normal and acceptable were once considered impossible. What if Wilbur and Orville Wright had given up on flying after their first couple of attempts didn’t work out?

It seems to me that how you fail can tell a lot about how you will succeed. If something doesn’t work, do you still keep trying it the same way, or do you try to innovate? Do you dig in or give up? Failure can be a very frustrating experience, but if you keep on trying and finally achieve success it is a great feeling. Sometimes you never succeed, but you may have learned about related things that help you with something else. No matter what, it seems to me that it is better not to view failure as a curse but more as an opportunity.


About sylrog

I am a graduate student getting a PhD in Instructional Design at the University of South Alabama. My main interests are foreign language acquisition, qualitative research, theories of learning and learning management systems. (So many interests, so little time) I work as a graduate assistant in the Innovation in Learning Center at the University of South Alabama. I also enjoy outdoor activities and generally being active.

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