“I have not failed,” Thomas Edison once said, “I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” This way of looking at failure is highly optimistic, and it also paints a beautiful story of perseverance. I have heard of this quote before some time back, but I never consciously thought about it in my moment of distress at the start of 2014 when I was Primary Five.
In February that year, at one of my first Chinese classes, my teacher flashed on the projector screen a list with the grades for each and every student. My name was right at the bottom of the 34 names. Continue reading