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Embracing Failure: A Neuroscience Perspective on the Value of Failures, Mistakes, and Errors For Future Successes

  • Centre for Social Innovation 720 Bathurst St Toronto, ON, M5S 2R4 Canada (map)

We’re taught, formally and informally, to avoid failure at all costs, but that goes beyond our biological drive to use failure to better our future outcomes. This session aims to reconcile the fallacy of failure by creating both a theoretical and experiential context for moving toward, rather than away from, failure in order to ultimately succeed. In this session, you will learn about the neuroscience of failure including why failure feels so uncomfortable (psychologically and physically), why we fear failure, and how failure is actually used by the brain to adjust for the future and promote success. You will we learn how to sit in the mentally and physically uncomfortable space of failure and learn to choose more desired and productive reactions to ultimately set ourselves up to succeed. This session is part of the Centre for Applied Neuroscience’s mission to apply neuroscience to work, sport, education, relationships, and life in general. You can learn more in the library at


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