I blog on Brain-Based Learning, Metacognition, EdTech, and Social-Emotional Learning. I am the author of the Crush School Series of Books, which help students understand how their brains process information and learn. I also wrote The Power of Three: How to Simplify Your Life to Amplify Your Personal and Professional Success, but be warned that it's meant for adults who want to thrive and are comfortable with four letter words.

Use Chapter 20 to teach your students how to fail forward.

Failure is the only option?


Isn’t this book supposed to help you crush school, not fail it?

Yes it is. Chill. The failure I’m talking about is of the good variety, because it helps you succeed.

Take Steve Jobs. He was a pretty successful and brilliant dude. Where would we be without iTunes, smartphones, and tablets? Steve’s success though was mainly a result of his attitude toward failure. While brilliant, he failed at Apple the first time around and resigned in 1985. He came back again in 1997 and lead the company out of bankruptcy to the awesomeness that it is today.

Oh, and after first leaving Apple, he founded Pixar and revolutionized movie animation, because he could. He then came back to Apple and crushed it.

How did Steve do it?

He failed a lot.

Instead of crying about it, he learned from his failures.

The path to greatness is filled with failure and only those who take risks, fail, and learn from their mistakes achieve it.

Truth Bomb: Many students are afraid to make mistakes, so they don’t take enough risks in school.

As a result, they never learn to fail forward.