Success is Not the Absence of Failure

Success is Not the Absence of Failure

Watching the infants, toddlers, and preschoolers pursue various activities at Romp n’ Roll, it is obvious that not all of them succeed in accomplishing some physical or mental task on their first attempt.  And when a parent’s protective instinct kicks in, there is a tendency for her to say “my child can’t do that” and seek something less challenging.

While this is perfectly natural, it is critically important to fight that impulse.  If you look at the lives of successful people, you see that they encountered quite a bit of failure.  And you see that they viewed their failures as valuable learning experiences that eventually enabled them to achieve success.  For instance, after 5,000 attempts to invent an electric light bulb, Thomas Edison was asked why he didn’t give up.  He replied, “Why should I give up?  I now know 5,000 ways an electric light bulb definitely won’t work.”  And it was on attempt number 6,000 that he finally achieved his goal.

So you can always find a program that will provide your child with tasks at which she cannot possibly fail.  But if you want your child to be truly successful, it is a program like Romp n’ Roll, in which children are constantly challenged, allowed to learn from their failures, and encouraged to keep striving, that is the clear choice.

Michael K. Meyerhoff, Ed.D. (a.k.a. “Dr. Mike”) is a member of the management team at Romp n’ Roll. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Columbia University, he earned his master’s and doctorate degrees in human development from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he also held a position as a researcher with the Harvard Preschool Project. He may be contacted via e-mail at