Replace the word “failing” with the word “learning.”
When you make a mistake or fall short of a goal, you haven’t failed; you’ve learned. I made so many mistakes in my life and they cost me so much and they impact so many people. Somehow I compared myself to others sometimes and I wished I made better choices. My goal was to start a nonprofit to help the less fortunate because I had so much to share with others especially children. I am also proud that I am back to school to learn new information that will be on my journey and I can continue to be a role model to my children. I work with special need children and they need to learn constantly so they function in society. I attended Phoenix university to get a bachelor degree, however, I stop after two years because my children were still in high school and I was not getting any financial support from my ex-husband. I cashed out my pension to pay my rent but I lost my apartment and my kids move with my ex-husband. This strategy helped me to see this event as a learning, not a failure.
Cultivate a sense of purpose.
Dweck’s research also showed that students with a growth mindset had a greater sense of purpose. Keep the big picture in mind. My purpose is to equip children to function in society. I speak positive words in their lives and reward their small and big achievement. I would like to get my degree because it would move toward my purpose. There are always so much to learn from the experts and the professionals. I want to keep my purpose active and right in front of me so I can keep moving toward it.
Learn from other people’s mistakes.
It’s not always wise to compare yourself to others, but it is important to realize that humans share the same weaknesses. I like to communicate with people and have them open up to me about their lives. I met men and women who went through the same issues that occurred to me. I was amazed that my stories were not so unique and I was not so naive that some people said that I was. I work at an Academy where I can get more experiences as a teacher only to find out that the lead teacher that I work with did the same job. She is now making forty-five thousand dollars per year and she is not any better than I am. She told me that she took the praxis ao many times and she did not give up. I might make mistakes with my academic endeavor but I will continue to move forward as I learn from my professors and my classmates.