Fear of mistakes can become a liability. Henry Kissinger once warned that our search for certainty can leave us simply reacting to the next emergency. Yet, transformed, this same desire for perfection can create an exacting attention to detail and ability to forecast probabilities. Is your view that life is inherently full of risk or a possibility waiting for us to find?
Our views can influence our approach to our achievements and learning. The lockstep structure of class assignments not determined by the student can create a reactionary relationship with learning. Extra-curricular activities can give students a less structured environment to transform their same analytical skills to predict the expectations of teachers and assignments to produce innovative projects and events that bring others together. How can we use the “intellectual literacy” created by school to thrive in life’s imperfections?