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Earlier this month Emily completed her high school applications, a process that felt like a precursor of what’s to come as she progresses through high school and looks to college. She attended open houses to learn about the options our public school system offers its students, deciding to focus on applying to schools with strong programs in math, science, and computer science, including one nationally known county-wide magnet school that is notoriously difficult to get into. It takes a select number of best students out of the hundreds that apply and the likelihood of getting rejected is far higher than being accepted.
“I’d love to go there,” Emily told me. “They offer everything I want. So I’m going to try. Why not?”
As a mom, I’m proud of Emily recognizing her strengths, pursuing her passion, and taking risks because she’s at a critical age where many girls start to fear failure.
Failure. The one thing that everyone is afraid of, but the one thing we all experience. We’ve failed at many things. We will fail at many more. And that’s a good thing. Because failures aren’t setbacks. Failures are fuel. To keep going, to keep growing, to keep making progress. For ourselves and all of us. So let’s keep failing. Because we only truly fail when we don’t even try. Try. Fail. Learn.
Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls Fueled by Failure Summit
Try, fail, learn is the core of the new Always #LikeaGirl Fueled by Failure campaign that inspired the recent Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls Fueled by Failure Summit in New York City. Since 2014, the Always #LikeAGirl campaign has worked to tackle the barriers to girls’ confidence. Research shows that half lose confidence at puberty and many never fully recover.