The stories in the book are stitched together like a quilt giving you an overview of the mosaic of failure but also shining a light on the components of failure. The stories provide an insight into how you can create the conditions where you're going to take risks together and then experience failure together. The narratives are from people who examined their favorite failures, pulled the stories apart and provided us with an opportunity to understand how failure is not just one moment or one set of emotions. These stories provide us with a glimpse into how we can approach teaching, learning and setbacks with more humility and more humanity. It’s more than just about getting unstuck, because failure has its own shape, it’s own momentum, and shapes who we are all trying to become.
Ronald A. Beghetto, PhD is an internationally recognized expert on creative thought and action in educational settings. He holds the Pinnacle West Presidential Chair and serves as a Professor in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University.
Laura McBain is a designer, educator and the co-director of the K12 lab at the Stanford d.school. As a human-centered designer, her work focuses on understanding the ecosystem of education and finding meaningful opportunities to advance racial and social justice.
Chapter One: Expectation
Chapter Two: Frozen
Chapter Three: Curiosity
Chapter Four: Disappointment
Chapter Five: Perspective
Chapter Six: Guilt
Chapter Seven: Surprise
Chapter Eight: Embarrassment
Chapter Nine: Honesty
Chapter Ten: Humility
About the Authors
We all experience failures but we don't all learn from them. In an innovative format, Beghetto and McBann explain in a conversational style how we can better experience and learn from failures! A fantastic book!
My Favorite Failure is filled with stories that made me laugh, cry, squirm, and realize I am not alone. The authors spare us from those tired old arguments about celebrating and screw-ups and setbacks. They rightly treat failure as inevitable and often painful for all of us, and provide mindsets, mantras, and tools to help us respond better both in the moment and the long-term. As I read the lovely and wise conversations between the authors that run through the book, they taught me how to keep moving forward, keep learning, how to laugh at myself and love myself (despite and because of my flaws), and how to teach others to do the same.
4/14/22, Choice: This book was featured in a roundup of forthcoming titles in psychology.