Famous Failures Kit PDF (ages 5-14)

$15.95 USD

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!

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Tricia G.
United States United States


This item was complete and helpful to use as part of a classroom growth-mindset/biography project. Thank you!

Erin F.
United States

Famous Failures

Great examples of people who are widely viewed as successful and their steps to becoming who they are. I was grateful for the examples to give to my children as I didn't have time to do the research and needed examples of how "failure" is a stepping stone not a stopping point.

Ann G.

Famous Failures

This kit was fantastic. My children worked on famous people that had an element of interest to themselves and then shared what they learnt. They then went on to study someone who they admire and produced their own multi modal presentation. They loved this inquiry.

Phoebe F.
New Zealand

Student mistakes are awesome

My students thought it was awesome. They enjoyed reading about successful people who saw failure as a step needed to be taken. I want them to see that mistakes are learning moments and this hopefully will show them that we all need to fail to succeed. Thanks

Wendy W.
United Kingdom

Fab famous failures

It's a real help to show young people we can all achieve

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.

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.

  1. This is a digital product. Nothing will be mailed.
  2. Once downloaded this purchase is non-refundable. 
  3. Your download link will arrive with your order confirmation.
  4. You will receive two PDF files: American English in US letter size and British English in A4 letter size. 

Each license (purchase) is valid for one educator/classroom with 1-35 students in one classroom 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. If you would like to use these printables as part of a class or practice you charge for, you must purchase a professional license. Please reach out to support@biglifejournal.com for more information.

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