We asked, kids answered: What does it mean to fail?


Imagine failure without fear — or just a little fear. When we’re kids, we’re learning all the time. It’s our job, really, to figure out how to do things. It’s no big deal if we don’t get it right the first time. We keep trying.

But when the teenage years hit, we get self-conscious, afraid to look unsure or uncool. And that’s when we stop trying as much, become more careful. By the time we’re full-fledged adults, the word “new” can sound as scary as “defeat,” so we play it safe and stick to what we know. There’s too much at stake.

Life gets limited.

Unless…we go back to our former fearless selves. Shake off the excessive worry. Get comfortable with being a beginner.

Listen to the youngsters in this video — and to the one you used to be.

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