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Can Failure Help You Learn?

As you grow up and become a young adult, you are in the process of learning many skills. During this process, you might meet challenges that you struggle with, or even feel like you have failed. Failure can be challenging to deal with, and it can feel discouraging to carry on. However, failure can help you learn. Students in the programs at Northwest College Support are encouraged to push and try new things. Knowing that they might fail, they are supported through these failures to learn from them and ultimately succeed. As a young adult, you can do the same thing. So remember, if you feel like you have failed, it does not have to be the end.

The Learning Process

Being a young adult means learning many new things. Whether you are moving away from home to go to college or working full time, your life will be different as you transition into adulthood. The skills that you will need to learn include emotional regulation, communication, and many more. Fortunately, these are all teachable skills. At Northwest College Support, you can learn these skills. There are multiple programs available to help you learn these skills and make them work for you, both now and in the future.

You likely know the learning process well, even if you haven't ever identified it. When you are learning a new skill or information, the first step is to understand its basic concept. After you have a general understanding, you will begin to practice. In school, this might look like doing math problems or identifying the correct cellular structures. For skills, this would look like practice.

As you practice more and more, you are likely to run into issues and develop more questions. In school, you might have asked your teachers. During athletic programs, you might have asked a coach or had a coach direct you on what to work on next. However, as you practice and make adjustments, this new skill becomes familiar and the thing that was intimidating before becomes something you can do with ease.

How Failure Can Help You Learn

Understanding the learning process is the first step to seeing how failure can help you learn. Throughout your life, you will be faced with many new challenges. Ideally, you will have the skills to adapt to these. Therefore, as you transition into adulthood, you are in a process of learning. As such, what you may think is a failure, might instead be an opportunity to learn and grow.

Research has shown that when you discover you are wrong or have failed, it is an opportunity to brainstorm and come up with other solutions, ultimately helping you learn. If you think about the learning process, it is full of mistakes and adjustments, and you can only learn when you admit the necessity for mistakes. Therefore, failure can be an opportunity to rethink your approach and try again in a different way.

Failure Now Can Help You Learn Necessary Skills for Your Future

Learning from any present failures has many benefits for your future. When you learn that failure can be seen as an opportunity for learning, you can use this skill for success in many ways. This is because once you hit a tough spot, you can learn from challenges rather than feeling like you have failed and then give up. You will find challenges throughout your life, and learning from each one will help you be successful in whatever direction and goal you choose.

Additionally, if you are afraid of failing, you are less likely to try new things. Unfortunately, if you do not try new things, you will likely miss out on a lot in your life. For example, if you are a college student, you might consider joining a club. Clubs can help you to build friendships, explore interests, and create a useful network. However, fear of failing might hold you back. Therefore, knowing that failure is often a part of the learning process can help you feel confident doing new things.

The word failure can make you feel like you as a person are not enough. This can lead to feeling bad about yourself when you do something wrong or something doesn't go as planned. Therefore, the shift to seeing failure as an opportunity to learn can have a big effect on your life. It is a way for you to reframe situations toward seeing yourself as a person in the learning process. Remember, you are in a time of transition in your life. Making mistakes and running into problems is normal and okay. Failure is a natural part of learning and, if you choose it, is an opportunity to learn and grow.

At Northwest College Support, students are encouraged and pushed to try new things and are expected to do more. However, this might lead to failure. At Northwest College Support, we believe that failure plays an important role in learning new skills. While failure does not feel good, it is an opportunity to dig into the problem and find a different way to approach the situation. We offer a variety of programs varying from a summer program to online support, and working with young adults both remotely and in Coeur D'Alene, ID. If you are interested in learning more about our program and how we can help you or your student, call (877) 485-2776 to speak with a staff member today.

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