Silent Discussion: The Right to Fail

Directions: Answer each question in a separate comment. Comment on at least two responses made by other members of the class. State whether or not you agree with their thinking and why.

1. The author suggests that all should have “the right to fail.” What does he mean by that? What is his message about failure? Do you agree or disagree?

2. Have you ever experienced significant failure? What was that like, what did you learn about yourself and others about that experience?

3. How would Zinsser define success? What determines success (Talent? Effort? Motivation?)

4. Pick a quote that you found to be memorable or particularly thought provoking. Why did you choose this quote? What did it cause you to consider or think about?
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