Intelligence, week 2

We’ll be discussing the important role of perseverance in the face of difficulties and setbacks in developing our Intelligence this week.  Our in-class discussion lesson for this week follows below:

“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” — Henry Ford (inventor and industrialist)

When we try something new, we may need to make several attempts at it before we get it completely right.  Have you ever watched a baby learning to walk?  The baby may pull himself up many times, only to fall back down again.  But does the baby give up?  Never.  He keeps trying until he can actually walk on his own.  The baby learns by making mistakes, and correcting them.  This is the kind of persistence we need when we are working on a new one step, sparring technique, or pattern.  The intelligent approach is to stick with it, even if we don’t get it completely right at first.  Try it again.  Ask for help, figure out where you’re getting off track, and use the knowledge you have gained from your initial setback to do better on your next attempt.

Discussion Questions:

1)  What is something you have found hard to learn?

2)  Did you get better with it when you kept practicing it?

3)  Do you think you understand it better now than when you first started working with it?

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