It is impossible to learn how to skate or ski without falling. When you’re skating, you just learn to fall in a manner that doesn’t break any bones. When you’re skiing on the other hand, falling on your face is totally fair game.
Falling is such a critical part of the learning experience. First, you learn how to fall. Next, you learn how to pick yourself up and get back on track. And, over time, you learn how to not fall. Putting all your energy into not falling when you start only impedes your learn curve. Learning wouldn’t be possible without falling.
The challenge is that falling and failing are often viewed together. They seem to be similar and they’re even spelled similar. However, falling is just the falling down. Failing is the staying down.
Falling is a guaranteed part of the learning experience. Failing is not.