What does failure mean? How is failure measured, and who decides if you have failed or succeeded? Is failure necessarily the opposite of success? So what defines failure? We want you to elaborate upon what failure is.

To fail is by most people looked upon as something negative. But does it need to be some­thing negative? What about all the good that comes out of trying and failing? It there a possibility that there is something positive in the terms of failing? What can then be the outcome of failing? Failing is not always a bad thing. Much can be learned through failing.

Every person is a member of different kinds of groups, Family, friends, organizations. Every group has their own cultural, and since every group is put together by people with different personalities every group is unique. This is why you should not be put in a certain group and be stereotyped. But why do we keep doing that? Generalizing people and putting every person in a group under the same stigma?

Social status is something that always will be important for Humans, does your social status define who you are and if you have succeeded as a person? What you have accomplished and your financial status define whether you have failed or succeeded? How about family, friends and relationships, can you compare this trough failing?

In today’s society failure is something that is unacceptable most of the time. But at the same time many articles makes a statement that our generations is failing our youth when it comes to health and well-being. Does this make sense?

Norms are unwritten laws and rules in social setting that exist everywhere. Social norms contain behavior, speech, appearance, body language, non-verbal communication – and differ from one another in different age groups, societies and cultures. It is something we do and act upon subconsciously, and learn from birth. The stronger the norm is, the more difficult it can be to recognize them. Norms can be everything, the way we greet each other, how punctual we are with time, if we wear shoes indoor or not or how we eat. It can be the smallest of things, but still they make and great impact on our daily life. What happens if someone violates the social norms of your society? May it affect or pre-judging the person who violate the norms? Does the consequences make you a failure or an outcast?

In CISV we focus on learning by doing. ”Learning by doing is simply a way of saying learn­ing from direct experience, rather than from reading books or listening to lectures. It is characteristic of all CISV programmes and is referred to as ‘Experiential Learning.’”-big ed. Does this mean that you have to try and keep trying even if you fail in order to learn and understand?

“I hear and I forget,

I see and I remember,

I do and I understand”



Are you afraid of failing? Does the fear of failure affect your ability to make choices and set goals? If you knew you could not fail, what would you try to accomplish? Is failure an option if you knew that the outcome would be great?


/Ingrid Selvik Henriksen