Shy to Try ! Are you?

Although some of us will be willing to take the plunge into the unknown, we would say that is perfectly normal to test the temperature of the water before splashing into. In life, whenever we are at a intersection, a dilemma, or faced with a choice, we need to take the time that it needs to decide. However, sometimes, we do not have the time, and we have to act on the spur of the moment. Throughout our existence, we will find many more crossroads than straight routes. Hence, we believe that the ultimate essence of education is to equip the individual with the knowledge and skills to analyse, generate options and take decisions, and more importantly, to stand brave in front of the aftermath of one's action. As Stephen Covey will put it: "while we are free to choose our actions, we are not free to choose the consequences".

At times, one may refrain from trying because, among others, of:

  • the fear of failure.
  • the inability to try again if this one does not work, and so, they just do not try.
  • what others will think if one fails.
  • lack of confidence, self-esteem or support.
  • past failures.

For those of you who find themselves in the above net, here is what Michael Jordan had to say: "I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I have been trusted to take the game's winning shot, and I have missed. I have failed over and over and over again. That is why I have succeeded".

Failure is part of your education. At Knowledge of the ART, we call our class "the sanctuary of mistakes". We tell our students that this is the place to make mistakes. And, it is the role of the educator to correct them, explain the rationales and propose alternatives. From there, you have to make sure not to do the same mistakes again. But, if you cannot resist from doing mistakes, we suggest that you do a new mistake ... one that you never had the possibility of doing.

Some of the times, you may decide not to decide. Many of the times, you will take the opportunity to increase your probability. But, in the end, you should never be shy to try ...