Lesson #2: It's okay to fail
There are many lessons of success for children to learn through failure. It's not about defeat —it's about getting up, dusting off the dirt, and being more determined than ever to achieve your goal.
This kind of positive behavior is all about cultivating “a growth mindset”, as detailed by Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck in her book, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. Through years of research, she learned that the brain is highly adaptable, and a simple change in mindset – one where children learn from failure, for example – can influence how successful they will be later on in life.
"I failed so many times, people probably know that I applied for so many jobs, over 30 jobs, all rejected, not even got a chance: 24 of us interviewed for a KFC job, 23 got accepted, I was the only guy rejected," Jack Ma explained during the forum.
Once, he applied for a “police job” with five other people and was the only one to be rejected. In another instance, he and his cousin applied for jobs as servers in a four-star hotel.
"We waited [in a] long queue for two hours," Ma said. Eventually, his cousin was accepted and he was once again rejected.
He said his mother could only shake her head at him, but through his perseverance he refused to feel discouraged because he knew “this is a training course for me."
"No matter how smart you are, you will encounter mistakes," Ma said.
"You learn from mistakes not because you will be able to avoid mistakes when these mistakes come, [when] these suffers come, you learn how to deal with it, how to face it."