People need to learn how to manage failure so it's informational and not demoralizing.
—Stanford psychology professor Albert Bandura
I've failed at plenty of things in my life. I failed a class on animal behavior in college. I failed to put up the produce fast enough at an organic grocery where I once worked. I've failed at two marriages. And I've failed at times to remain calm when my daughter rolls her eyes at me. If you or your child has ADD/ADHD, chances are you've bumped up against failure at some point as well.
Turns out we're not alone. Think Charles Darwin, Winston Churchill, and Walt Disney. Socrates, Elivs, and Tolstoy. I got those names from this nifty and inspiring list of people who failed. It's worth perusing.
What helps a person who fails succeed in the end? Those of us with ADD might need a little extra help. But check out the title of the list: "They Did Not Give Up." We don't need to, either!
Still think you're nothing but a failure? Check out this Wall Street Journal article on failure, self-efficacy, and success: "If at First You Don't Succeed, You're in Excellent Company."