More about the Class
What will I learn?
How to Fail teaches us:
- How to understand the sickness of ‘perfectionism’: , where it comes from and how we might best respond to it
- Our parents: what they wanted and how we fear disappointing them
- What lies at the heart of the dread of failing, especially as it relates to a loss of status and dignity
- What it means to fail ‘well’ – accepting our limitations without becoming bitter
- The real statistics of success; and how good we are at denying them
- The Ancient Greek idea of noble failure and the Zen Buddhist notion of good imperfection
- And the media’s influence on our understanding of failure and success
The format of this class is highly interactive and involves a combination of teaching, group discussion and individual reflection. The facilitators of the class aim to create a confidential space where all participants are welcome to contribute freely and comfortably. If you have any questions about the format of the class please get in touch at [email protected].
Morning/Afternoon/ Evening Classes – All timings are in British Summer Time (BST).
This event is being streamed globally, please use a time zone converter to check your local live streaming time.
‘Beautifully explored and explained; kudos to the lecturer; great job; look forward to coming back.’
‘Thoughtful and thought-provoking, good to help with self-knowledge. Feel really comfortable speaking up and contributing. Positive and safe space to speak up.’
‘A great session; thought the exercises were really good and liked meeting the other group attendees; thank you.’
What is ‘How to Fail’?
The unrealistic expectations we place on ourselves seldom allow us to realise that we will – of course – fail in some areas of our lives, particularly in our careers – and that failing well is therefore a skill we need to learn above most others.
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Frequently Asked Questions
We currently offer a variety of online Virtual Programmes, these include: Classes, Workshops, Special Events, Friend Conversation Evenings and Professional Workshops. For more information and a full, up-to-date list of our London virtual programme, please visit the Events section of our website, where you can browse by event theme or format, or our Calendar, where you can browse by date.
The price depends on the format, length and number of attendees. At the time of writing, most of our UK events are priced as follows. Please check our website for up-to-date pricing information for specific events.
- Virtual Classes – £40 Friends / £55 Standard*
- Virtual One-Day Workshops – £99 Friends / £135 Standard*
- Virtual Professional Workshops – £80 Friends / £90 Standard*
- Special Events – from £15*
- Virtual Conversations – £10 Standard / Selected events free for Friends*
*Plus booking fee
We offer a 10% ticket price reduction on virtual events under £60 for Students with valid ID, over-65’s, un-waged and people with disabilities. To claim your discount please email [email protected] for the codes to use at checkout. Please note that we may ask for your ID for proof of eligibility before we issue the code.
Our current virtual classes, workshops, conversations and events are hosted on Zoom. Once you have purchased your ticket you will receive an email the day before the event with all the essential information you will need including the Zoom invitation link and password. Please make sure you have given us your correct email address. If you have brought a ticket on the behalf of another person please make sure you forward them the email if you have not provided the other attendees email. Please note that our London classroom is currently closed.
Virtual Classes last two and a half hours. The first 15-30 minutes is for on-boarding (to join and connect to Zoom) and an icebreaker, followed by a two-hour class, with a short break.
Currently we offer morning and evening weekday and weekend classes. Please visit our Calendar where you can browse by date. The evening classes generally run from 18:30 to 21:00 GMT/BST, the morning classes from 9:30 to 12:00 GMT/BST. Please note it is your responsibility to double-check whether you are booking a morning or evening class at the time of booking. We cannot be held responsible if you mistakenly book a morning class instead of an evening class (or vice versa) and are then not able to attend on the day due to other commitments. To find out more about our ticket transfer, exchange or refund policy please see Cancellations, Transfers and Exchanges.
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You are not required to have read anything before the event. The essential information email that you receive before the class contains a workbook which accompanies the class. If you have a printed you may want to print the workbook, however, you can also have it downloaded on your desktop and you can edit the PDF.
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The School of Life is dedicated to supporting participants to explore life’s big questions. We do so in a virtual classroom environment. For more information about private therapy sessions, please see the Therapy section of our website.
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The members discount for TSOL events applies to Classes, Professional Workshops and Special Events and our range of retail products available to buy online (members can purchase at the discounted ticket price). The 15% retail discount is available on all full price products on www.theschooloflife.com, subject to availability.