As parents, we can be guilty of obsessing over our children’s achievements, causing them to be anxious about their ability to succeed. Yet any successful sportsman, entrepreneur, artist, inventor, will tell you that a large part of their success is down to their failures – and their ability to get up and try again, over and over.
Times columnist and former international table tennis champion, Matthew Syed, talks about his own experiences growing up, and the ‘can do’ attitude that has led to his own success. And in a world that is changing fast, he points out: “In Silicon Valley, companies are realising that credentials such as exam results, while important, are less predictive of success than softer skills: the ability to take risks, embrace the unknown and rebound from failure. In other words, character.”