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.

This printable kit is different from Big Life Journal, none of the materials overlap.

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!


This is a digital product. Nothing will be mailed.

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. 


This 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


The story of 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 bedtime 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 are 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 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. 

Plus A Gift 

You will also receive eight Growth Mindset Coloring Sheets as a GIFT with your order!

Note: these sheets are emailed separately to the email address you use to make your purchase.

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Tracey J.
United States

Famous Failures Kit

We are just starting to use this kit, but it is wonderful to see them light up as they realize how everyone is human! No matter our talents, intelligence or gifts, each person makes mistakes and how we handle those mistakes, determines our character! I could not have had the conversations we are now having without the kit. Thank you!

Cassandra K.
United States

Famous Failures

This Famous Failures resource packet is a great introduction to this topic for students. The people featured are relatable for students! I appreciate the reflection page which allows the students to process and connect to the famous person!

Melissa Macias
Reno, NV

Love This!

My kids look forward to doing this every Monday! When they’ve come up against a personal frustration or failure, we reference our Famous Failure of the week. It’s been really helped with their individual growth. The write ups are colorful, engaging, and just the right length. My kids are always happy to do the reflective writing, too. Thanks for creating this! WELL WORTH the price.

Kathleen B.
United States

Growth Mindset 2018 & Famous Failures

While I thought the product was a nice resource. I am rather put off by the fact that I had to purchase it twice. I downloaded the file at home and when I tried to open it at school I was not able to and had to purchase it again.

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.