A couple years ago now, early in this blog’s life, I posted an article mostly about kids and martial arts, and why I believe that kids (and anyone else) are better served by not protecting them from failure. Failure is an important lesson. I said that that time, “I tell my kids that the difference between someone who’s good at something and someone who’s great at something is the desire to succeed once coupled with the willingness to fail countless times, over and over.”
I got an email with a link to this YouTube video and at first I was cynical. It didn’t take long, however, until I was completely overwhelmed. This kid embodies what I was trying to articulate a couple of years ago, and the life lessons are universal. It could be golf, the violin, snowboarding, martial arts or in this case, an entirely new sport, the lesson is the same. We have to allow our kids to fail. We have to encourage them to try again, and we have to teach them that things are worth doing for their own sake.
This is also why I think junior black belts and anything else in which everyone wins is a bad idea.
Anyway, take a look. It’s not very long: