How to Fail - Virtual Class

What is ‘How to Fail’?

How to Fail is a 2.5 hour class by The School of Life which takes place regularly in our virtual classroom over Zoom. It is one of 12 classes around our 4 core themes: Love, Work, Self and Culture. Further information on how to connect to the class will be made available once you have purchased a ticket.




Why should I attend?

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. 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.

Many of us know how to prepare for success but we very rarely endeavour to confront failure as we should: with dignity, understanding, wisdom – and perhaps on occasion, a touch of humour.

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.

Evening Classes -  All timings are in Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)

  • 6:15pm GMT session open
  • 6:30pm GMT class commences 
  • 9:00pm GMT class ends

Morning Classes -  All timings are in Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)

  • 9:15am GMT session open
  • 9:30am GMT class commences 
  • 12:00pm GMT class ends

Dates and times are available to book below. New dates for this class are added throughout the year.

For more information, please see our London FAQs or contact

Classroom Testimonials

‘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 to speak up and contribute. 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.’ 

Buy tickets for
How to Fail - Virtual Class

£40 Friends | £55 Standard (plus fees)

When and where:
  • Tue 9 Mar 2021 6.15pm GMT
    Virtual Class (zoom)
  • Thu 8 Apr 2021 6.15pm BST
    Virtual Class (zoom)
  • Sun 25 Apr 2021 2.15pm BST
    Virtual Class (zoom)