“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all,” said American educator, author and political activist Helen Keller.
The first deaf-blind person to earn a BA degree, she spent her life pursuing and overcoming challenges and achieved many honours in recognition of her accomplishments. In 1955, at the age of 75, Keller embarked on a 40,000-mile, five-month trek across Asia, bringing inspiration and encouragement to others living with disabilities through her speeches and appearances.
Challenges are important because they provide opportunities for personal growth, pushing people out of their comfort zones to acquire new skills, habits and experience. They allow us to stretch ourselves and to achieve, while requiring us to face up to the possibility of failure.
Regular ‘challenge practice’ boosts young people’s self-belief, enables them to discover more about themselves, and to become more creative and adventurous, preparing them for the world of work.
To help students understand what can be learned through facing challenges, Barclays LifeSkills has produced a quick-fire activity, through which young people (aged 11-14 and 14-16) consider how tasks which are easy may not be as exciting as ones which involve an element of challenge.
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LifeSkills, created with Barclays, is a curriculum-linked programme developed with teachers to help improve the skills and employability of young people in the UK. All completely free and immediately accessible. LifeSkills can also support you with the new careers strategy.