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You can learn anything

Posted on: December 6th, 2016 by Patricia O'Sullivan

I saw this video for the first time at my daughter’s freshman orientation at URI this past June, and it has stuck with me since that time because the message is universal and uplifting.

We know that when children are told they are smart, they become fearful of failure and close themselves off to independent thought. But failure is essential to learning. How many times did we fall down before we learned to walk? How many times did our words sound like gibberish before we learned to speak?

Learning is hard. Failure hurts. But, if you allow yourself to fail, you can learn anything.

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