Do not fail fast, fail mindfully

I can hardly imagine a father patting his son’s shoulder while congratulating him: “good boy, you failed really well this time, I’m proud of you!”.

Quite surreal, isn’t it? Well, it might be not that weird, if the son in the story had failed mindfully, and eventually learnt a lesson. In this TED Talk, Leticia Gasca tells us how to fail mindfully, instead of failing miserably, and it is definitely worth watching.

The search for aha moments

In 1988, Matt Goldman co-founded Blue Man Group, an off-Broadway production that became a sensation known for its humor, blue body paint and wild stunts. The show works on the premise that certain conditions can create “aha moments” – moments of surprise, learning and exuberance – frequent and intentional rather than random and occasional.

Now Goldman is working to apply the lessons learned from Blue Man Group to education, creating Blue School, a school that balances academic mastery, creative thinking and self and social intelligence. “We need to cultivate safe and conducive conditions for new and innovative ideas to evolve and thrive,” Goldman says.

Watch the full talk here…