I read Seth Godin's very short book (only 96 pages) "The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick)" yesterday. I would like my kids to read it after their exams which is happening next and the week after.
Today someone put this up on facebook. What serendipity: Failing unitl you succeed.
They don't teach stuff like these in schools. Those kids with better informed and interested parents get a leg up.