Don't be afraid to fail to succeed

Watch the video below with a youth(s), then use the questions below to have a mentoring conversation with them.


  1.     Could Gerald swim when he joined his school’s swim team?
  2.     How bad was he when he first started swimming?
  3.     How good can Gerald swim now?
  4.     Gerald said,  “If I couldn’t handle not being good at something, then how could I consider myself a successful person.”  What did he mean by this?
  5.     Can you handle not being good at something, because you are taking on a new challenge?
  6.     Why does fear of failure cause people to not even try in the first place?
  7.     What does the saying, “You have to crawl before you can walk and you have to walk before you can run,” mean?
  8.     What is something that you want to learn but you have hesitated in learning it because you don’t want to fail or look foolish?
  9. How does this video change your mind about failure?