Today’s blog is inspired by this quote:

“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.”  J K Rowling (author of Harry Potter)

Have you ever seen a parent moving their child from sport to sport to try to find one that she will succeed at? Ever heard a parent say, “I won’t let my daughter compete – I don’t want to damage her self-esteem if she doesn’t succeed”?

These are the children who grow up having never experienced failure while their counterparts, who have tried and failed and tried again, grow up with a greater sense of worth and more resilience.

Physie competitions can be a nerve-wracking experience – for young and old alike. But taking a risk, whether you succeed or fail, prepares you for the real world where things don’t always turn out the way you want them to. Even Bill Gates and Steve Jobs have experienced failure and it no doubt made them more successful. How many stories have we heard of famous singers, movie stars and authors who were rejected a hundred times before they became a global star?

The girl who loves her physie and performs it for an audience will have her self-esteem boosted just by participating. She can set herself personal goals throughout her physie career that are independent of the judges’ awards. Her teacher and her parents play the key role in ensuring that her confidence and pride increases and that she feels like a success.

The only real failure is failing to try. So, every time you give it a go, you are succeeding!

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