Famous Failures Kit (PDF)

Famous Failures Kit (PDF)


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A printable set of worksheets highlighting famous people from around the world who have failed and struggled on their way to success.

These growth mindset handouts are designed to assist parents and educators, at home or in the classroom, in helping kids overcome the fear of failure.

Fear of failure is a hallmark of a FIXED mindset and often contributes to the child shying away from trying new things or taking on a challenge. By not fearing failure, children are one step closer to having a GROWTH mindset and living a big life!

IMPORTANT NOTE: 

Each license is valid for one educator/classroom with 1-35 students, one practitioner, or one family. These printables are for non-commercial use only. This PDF file may not be distributed for free or for any form of compensation. 

WHAT'S IN THE KIT

The kit includes:

  • 10 worksheets with stories of famous people who experienced failure/struggle
  • A reflection page for each story
  • A list of successful people for further learning 
  • A companion template worksheet which can be used by the child to capture the learnings from the previous list

HOW TO USE IT 

The story on each famous person can be used to begin a discussion with your child about what it takes to overcome the fear of failure in various settings: at the dinner table, while traveling on vacation, during bed time reading, etc. It can also be used in conjunction with the SUCCESS ICEBERG poster (also available as PDF).

At the end of the kit, the list of other successful famous people and companion template worksheet is a great tool for self-directed learning (research) by the child.

Either alone or assisted by a parent/teacher, the child chooses from the list someone they find interesting. The child then investigates the person's story learning about times when they failed or struggled and their eventual success.

By then filling in the template themselves, the child begins to internalize the understanding that failure and struggle is not something to fear, and in most cases, is necessary for success. 

 

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CP
01/26/2018
Carin P.
United States

Famous Failures

The booklet was easy for the kids to read and understand. I think it could use a little more detail regarding the failures rather than just generalizing that some of them were rejected from a job or lost a game.

CC
12/16/2017
Claudine C.
Canada

Great life lessons

We are using these stories in three ways. The fist is their intended use, teaching my son about the growth mindset way of thinking. The second way is to practice his reading skills and the third is his comprehension skill. He reads the profil to me and then must write a summary of the profile, as well as answer questions that I have written for him.

AG
11/03/2017
Ashley G.
Australia

Famous Failures

My 9yo daughter found this very interesting to read (so did I) She only knew some of the people like Serina Williams, Lady Ga Ga and JK Rowlings but once she realised they had interesting stories to tell she was very invested in learning about the others and how the succeeded against adversity.

SD
10/29/2017
Shiv Daniels
East Midlands, UK

Famous Failures Rock!

A fantastic, inspiring resource... should be part of the curriculum!

S
10/29/2017
Sheena
Hudson, Fl

Awesome for the Classroom

Students in my classroom love learning about people in history who have made mistakes yet became successful. The passages are one page and the pictures give students a visual to go with the story. Our favorites so far have been Michael Jordan and Milton Hershey.