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The Importance of Failure and Encouraging Persistence in Kids

Updated: Aug 31, 2021

NinjaZone encourage failure

Failure is the key to success. Seriously. We’ve all lived it. Small business owners have lived it. Parents have lived it. If we didn’t fall off the swings as a kid, we would have never understood the importance of hanging on. Actually, isn’t that the perfect metaphor for life? Just sayin’. Anyway, one of the toughest things to watch as a coach and parent is seeing a kid fail. Parents, especially, have the gut instinct kick in that says: “Go help!” But, as history shows, one of the best ways for kids to understand their achievements is to learn implicitly through failure.

Did you “get it” the first time you attempted a somersault? Probably not. You probably failed.


There’s that word again. It sounds so horrible. After all, if you get an “F” on your paper, that’s it.

Adios. You’re toast.

So why should we encourage kids to fail? It forces PERSISTENCE. It empowers TENACITY. It builds GRIT. It makes kids CONFIDENT.

The look on a kid’s face the first time he successfully completes an obstacle course without any errors is PURE BLISS.

That’s why we do this.

That’s what NinjaZone is about.

That is our ultimate objective. We LOVE to see our kids succeed. To be able to succeed, most will fail. This builds an ultimate drive and persistence in kids that is worth its weight in gold.

Failure is vital to learning. The kid who really focuses learns more from his failures than his successes. Allowing kids to fail, take in feedback, and dust themselves off is imperative to ultimate success. Don’t let the lack of success bring your kids down. It’s building them up, and making them awesome people.

After all, it worked for you, didn’t it?


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