How a fear of failure taught me how to fail

I had always been the type of student who studied hard, worked conscientiously and consistently got good grades - never worrying about falling behind my peers.

My parents became accustomed to being invited to year-end school award ceremonies.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 05, 2020, with the headline 'How a fear of failure taught me how to fail'. Print Edition | Subscribe