Tip of the Week

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October 09, 2017

Fear of ... success?

There are many reasons why students “don’t.” Among the myriad rationales: it’s too hard, too overwhelming, or they don’t know where or how to begin. Or worse, sometimes it’s a fear of failure that keeps students from trying. This week’s Tip is borrowed from a blog post by best-selling author Seth Godin. Godin offers another perspective on why students (and all of us) sometimes “don’t.” In his words: "But what if it works?" Fear of success is at least as big a challenge as fear of failure. Because if it works, things are going to change. Are you ready for that? There’s anxiety on both sides of the fear of failure/success equation. As you analyze why your child is stymied, it’s worth considering Godin’s unconventional angle: what changes when he succeeds?