Posts tagged #Failure

When Have You Ever Truly Failed?

     Watch the Video! "Never Stop The Grind" by Blake Brandes (Motivational Blog Rap #38)

Sometimes people ask me how I can just freestyle rap in front of any audience.  They say things like, “I’d never have the courage/confidence/craziness to trust myself to make up a rhyme on the spot that wasn’t terrible.” 

The reality is that I don’t think I have a lot of courage either.  I’ve just changed the question I ask myself before I start to rap. 

Posted on May 14, 2015 .

Redefining Failure In The Classroom

       Watch the Video! "Redefine Failure" by Blake Brandes (Motivational Blog Rap #35)

In my motivational assembly presentations, I talk about how we often interpret failure to mean, "I'm bad at something," or "I'm a failure," or "I'll never be good at this."

But what if we look at failure as information, not judgment? What if we interpret failure to mean, "This is where I need more practice to excel at this"?

It's hard to internalize that message. So much of our schooling is defined by the avoidance of failure, because it inevitably is accompanied by shame, criticism, and punishment.

Posted on April 23, 2015 .

The Power of Owning Who You Are

     Watch the Video! "Who You Are" by Blake Brandes (Motivational Blog Rap #22)

In the final scene of 8 Mile (SPOILER ALERT), rapper Rabbit (played by Eminem) battles his arch-nemesis, Papa Doc. Though he has been plagued by failures and setbacks throughout the film, Eminem has persisted to make it to the final rap battle.  The odds are stacked against him, and tensions are running high. 

Posted on January 8, 2015 .