Introduction: Training to Win

As the world is glued to their television sets, memories of previous Olympians are brought to mind.


In a recent interview for I Am Second, gold medalist figure skater Scott Hamilton stated: “The key ingredient to success is failure.” (To check out Scott’s interview, click the link below.”


I agree to a point; however, I would say the key to success is more about training our minds how to respond to failure.


When you consider the current Olympian competitors, something they all have in common is the hundreds (maybe thousands) of hours of training they have invested within their sport. Think of how many of them have fallen and have had to dust themselves off—figuratively and literally! During those moments of failure, they were faced with a choice: to quit or to persevere.


Isn’t everyone faced with those two options at one point or another?


Famous innovators such as Walt Disney, Thomas Edison, Abraham Lincoln, Albert Einstein, Dr. Seuss, J.K. Rowling—each of them was faced with various obstacles. Their stories grace a bulletin board that I keep up as a “constant” in my classroom in hopes of inspiring my students. Honestly, it motivates me.



On a personal note, my husband Billy has lived a life full of adversity. If you know him, you know what I’m talking about.  He lived the first part of his life in the projects of Pennsylvania, moved to CA with his father, step mother and siblings, struggled in school, lost his father to cancer when he was in high school; this is the tip of the iceberg. Daily I marvel at his optimism and drive.


We can learn from him and the others I have mentioned…


Failure is inevitable.


How can we train our minds to respond to failure in a way that increases our chance for success?



I’m planning to write a series of blog posts about this subject over the course of the next few weeks. It is worthy of our attention. Our mindset about personal failures impacts EVERY aspect of our life: relationships, education, career, hobbies/interests, and more!   Plus, it is something that our children take notice of—we teach more with our actions than our words…





Let’s prepare to train our minds-together! It’s critical as we continue our renovating! Let us know what you think, and please share this blog post! You never know whom it could touch!  Next week, we’ll publish Part 1: Training to Win! Don’t miss it!


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