How to Fail

  • Emotional Education
  • Work
The modern world places immense pressure on us to succeed, leading us to tell ourselves that we have to constantly strive, overcome huge obstacles and win in all areas of our lives.

Virtual event


£40 - 55

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.’

For more information, please see our London FAQs or contact [email protected]

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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