What does FAIL really mean to you? Did your idea or project never get off the ground? Did it look like your expedition was going gung ho, but then it crashed to a shuddering halt never to see the light of day again? Does it mean that things didn’t go as you had hoped?

You can easily slip into a certain mindset that says if things didn’t turn out exactly as you wanted, or better, then you’ve failed.

How often do you really fail though? Sure, you might not have passed your driving test first time, but did you listen to the feedback, have a few more lessons and practice hours and try again? Maybe you failed some of your O’ Levels or GCSE’s or other academic exams? Perhaps you re-took them or perhaps you chose a different path forward instead?

One of my friends posted on Linked In that her son’s school turned it into an acronym: First Attempt In Learning.


I LOVE this. First Attempt In Learning. What a wonderful perspective. Reflect on one of your perceived “failures” and then review it as a First Attempt in learning. How does it make you feel with each different perspective? Which perspective would you rather have as your default?

You might have several attempts in learning, and each time you learn how to navigate the waters a little easier; cope with the hurdles a little bit better; ride the waves if the crash happens. Eventually, having practiced similar opportunities you don’t fail – in fact you SAIL – you have a successful attempt in learning! Having introduced the acronym during a recent workshop, my assistant, Neil, devised that one.

SAIL = Successful Attempt In Learning

As you continue to practice, to thrive, you might even arrive at TAIL – triumphant attempt in learning!

TAIL – Triumphant Attempt in Learning  

I have a little image of a dog wagging it’s tail vigorously at that one!

So, give it a go. Share with your children and your work colleagues. Lift the mood and keep your development going. Share your thoughts below.





Naomi Martell-Bundock

Naomi Martell-Bundock

CEO at Core Sense
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