“Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.” -Denis Waitley
Last Friday I had the pleasure and privilege of speaking with the students of Corona del Sol High School about the importance of nurturing their dreams, celebrating failure, and developing a healthy respect for their power to create. It was a wonderful time. The person who made it all possible was a man by the name of Thomas Bogle. Thomas is an Economics teacher at Corona del Sol and he spends every bit of energy he can muster trying to cultivate an appreciation for entrepreneurial thinking in the minds of his students. What I like most about Mr. Bogle is that his lifestyle flies in the face of the old saying “if you can’t do, teach.” Thomas doesn’t just talk about entrepreneurship, he practices what he preaches. He’s the very kind of teacher this world needs: a person who eats, drinks, sleeps, and embodies the very message he conveys in the classroom.
For this week’s episode of “What Are You Failing At?,” I spoke with Thomas for a few minutes about what he’s currently struggling with, what he’s learning from his failures, and what advice he would offer to others. It’s a brief (just over three minutes), but compelling episode. Check it out via the clips below.
If you’re interested in hearing more constructive thoughts on failure, you might enjoy reading 5 Quotes From Bill Gates That Prove You Need To Fail To Succeed from Elite Daily. You might also enjoy last week’s conversation with Jason Rink.
We’ll be back next Monday with a new episode of “What Are You Failing At?” In the meantime, keep failing forward.