I must admit to enjoy watching the BBC's scripted "pretend business" show "The Apprentice", were the contestants really so successful in their current roles (as they claim) there is no way on planet earth that they would give these roles up to work for Sir Alan as an apprentice.
Anyhoo, the show does provide an interesting example of how the Nanny state has cushioned an entire generation from failure. What is particularly striking is how often it is that, when these business "masters/mistresses of the universe" are fired by Sir Alan, their "I am supreme" egos collapse and their bottom lips tremble (and that's just the boys).
Why is this?
Their upbringing by Nanny has wrapped them in cotton wool, they have never experienced failure.
I have failed many times, in many tasks; my first driving test, exams, relationships, all sporting competitions, world domination etc. Yet I did not collapse into a heap, I got back in the saddle and had another go.
Failure is character building, and is an essential part of growth.
Nanny by denying young people/children the opportunity to fail, and by not stretching them to the point of failure, is denying them an essential element in their development that they need to grow into mature well balanced and responsible adults.
Failure is necessary and essential to growth and development.
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