What Is Success?
On the surface, this seems like a fairly easy question with only one answer. Success is a high paying career, along with all the status, prestige, and material objects that are associated with hard earned wealth. And yet, that is but one definition, and upon closer examination success comes in various forms for everyone depending on their situation. Regardless of how we define success, one element remains the same: to be successful in our lives we must risk failure.
As people who want the very best for our students, we need to reevaluate what success is for each student. Of course, the successful career will always be something we wish for all of our students, but leading up to that are years and years of incremental successes and failures, all of which are valuable opportunities to learn from.
“...no matter what challenge or failures we encounter, we can learn from our successes just as much as we can learn from our failures. They both exist to teach us.”
For one student, success may be mastering a new concept on the SAT after months of practice. For another it may be acclimating to a new culture, speaking a new language fluently, or making new friends, all with the inherent risk of feeling embarrassment or worse, reclusiveness. Regardless of the situation, these types of challenges differ for everyone for both young and old alike. Yet, no matter what challenge or failures we encounter, we can learn from our successes just as much as we can learn from our failures. They both exist to teach us. There really is no better place to make these discoveries than in a nurturing, welcoming learning environment such as the Solomon Education Center.
This February marks an exciting time for the Learning Center. The SEC Welcome mat has been rolled out! Not only have Adult ELL classes and the adult Reading Club begun, but every Saturday in February we are offering English and SAT testing evaluations for anyone interested in learning more about our various programs. If you haven’t already, consider signing up. How will you define success today?