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Willing to FAIL with a mighty purpose

Have you ever tried to reframe rejection like this:

“Accept rejection as a grand indication that you’re trying.”

I know, it can be hard to see rejection as a good thing. We think:

– Why was I not good enough?
– Why do I deserve this?
– Am I not worthy?

But we rarely stop to ask:

– What if this isn't big enough for me?
– What if I deserve even more than this?
– What if this is teaching me about what's not aligned?

I remember when I applied to speak at SXSW. I took the time to write a speaking proposal and upload videos of me speaking.

I did not get accepted.

But what happened because I put myself out there was unexpected. One of the people reviewing the submissions ran another conference called BlogHer and invited me to speak there three times!

I got to speak on panels with Tara Mohr, author of Playing Big, and Rachel Hollis, author of Girl Wash Your Face.

So from one rejection, I received many opportunities to speak on stages even if it wasn’t the one I originally planned for or in the timeline I expected.

Are you willing to put yourself out there even if you might get rejected? Can you trust the process?

We’re such a results driven culture that we don’t celebrate when we fall and fail our way forward.

That’s why I love my most recent Lead with Love podcast guest. She’s willing to fail in front of everyone because she believes in her mission so much.

In this episode, I get cozy with my client, internationally acclaimed early childhood education specialist Sally Haughey.

We talk passionately about education, honoring the whole child, and the parallels in how we learn as entrepreneurs.

Willing to Fail with a Mighty Purpose

I'm willing to fail fully in front of everyone. I would rather try and fail miserably than wait for the right moment.


Sally Haughey is the Founder and CEO of Fairy Dust Teaching and Teaching Mastery Institute, Inc. She co-authored Through a Child’s Eye with a new one on the way called Wonder Art Workshop: Creative Child-Led Experiences for Nurturing Imagination, Curiosity, and a Love of Learning

She offers an online exclusive membership club called “The Wonder Tribe” where Sally shares her signature method, known as Wonder Based Teaching™.

Sally serves, inspires, and educates thousands of teachers worldwide through online courses, master classes and biannual conferences including educators from over 60 countries, sharing content inspired by Reggio Emilia, Montessori, Waldorf and other play based teaching.

What you'll hear (and don't want to miss!):

  • How Sally handles the need to be seen and acknowledged, as well as avoid the temptation to compare herself with others
  • An example of how she’s been able to honor each child in her classroom, even in the most challenging of situations
  • What similarities exist between teaching in the classroom and building a business
  • The reasons she never focuses on just the money aspect of business
  • What inspired Sally to start sharing online beyond her classroom walls, and what her first course launch looked like
  • What led Sally to be coached by me, and the amazing results she has achieved so far
  • Why play-based education in early childhood is so necessary for our children

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Warm hugs,

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