Pawsitively Tuesday – Succeed OR Fail

In my opinion, one of the most “damaging” things we can tell our children, or ourselves for that matter, is that if we set our mind to it and have the perseverance we can do anything, accomplish anything, be anything.  WRONG.

No matter how much I may want to be a nuclear physicist my brain simply will not grasp the finer, much less coarser, points of physics or math.  No matter how much I might want to be a sumo wrestler, my body, dexterity and athletic ability forbids it.

So if I were going to talk to The Cat in the Hat I would tell him to change what he preaches to:

You have brains in your head

You have feet in your shoes

Try things, succeed OR fail,

You’ve got nothing to lose. 



6 comments on “Pawsitively Tuesday – Succeed OR Fail

  1. I think people, especially kids, can accomplish much more than they realize, and giving them the courage to try what is hard is an essential task of working with children.

    But you are right – I could never be a physicist either, same reasons as you – though my son is. I could also never be an intentional liar – that’s not in my make-up either. Or a tight-rope walker – afraid of heights, afraid of walking on skinny ropes, afraid of falling.


    • Shari,
      Agreed – we all (little ones and grownups) can accomplish more than we realize . . . or believe.
      Oooooooo you just hit on the same things on my never-try, can’t-do, won’t-do-even-if-you-try-to-make-me list.


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