What’s on Your Mind?
February 2020

“What’s on Your Mind?” Friend, February 2020

What’s on Your Mind?

Sometimes I’m afraid to try new things. What if I fail? —Afraid in Accra

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Dear Afraid,

All people who are really good at something started out as beginners! You won’t be an expert when you first try, and that’s OK. It’s all part of the adventure! When you mess up, just try again. Life is about learning and growing.

You can do it!

The Friend

Trace the lines to learn more about how these people kept trying.

  • President Dallin H. Oaks, Apostle and former Utah Supreme Court Justice

  • Bessie Coleman, famous pilot

  • Jean B. Bingham, Relief Society General President

  • Ludwig van Beethoven, world-famous composer

  • Was told by his first violin teacher that he would never be successful.

  • Was never a top student, popular in school, or the president of anything when she was younger.

  • Struggled in school, especially with long division.

  • Was rejected by every flight school she applied to in the United States.