Originally Posted by Downwardly Mobile
For PSIA as an organization to maintain "connection" with those who feel "left behind" is a great challenge. But because folks like you are asking questions about it, I feel hopeful that perhaps improvements can be made in the process. Or at least greater understanding can be achieved about why it can become problematic...
I think you raise a very interesting question.
I know of several interesting cases. The individuals lurk here quite a bit. Whenever I post something they don't like it gets printed and posted in our locker room.
This individual passed their level II in 1984. Nineteen years later, the individual was asked why they hadn't taken the level III and the answer....."I'm not ready". In the ensuing two years the person trained and failed the level III exam twice. The person has said their done, they don't need their level III to validate (their words) their skiing, and they seem fairly bitter about PSIA.
Wait, make that real bitter.
I know of a second individual who flunked the level III three times and none of it was their fault. The rational for the failure ranges from;
I know of a third individual who has failed twice. This person is a level III Nordic cert. I actually took my exam with this person and was sure I failed while this person had passed. Great bump skier. I am certain a gold pin is in the works for this person this year simply due to their determination, patience, and poise. This individual is a great guy and great teacher. Interestingly a twenty year airline captain with United. I'm sure a cool character in the cockpit and certainly more determined than ever to pass at this point.
Lastly, my step brother has taught at Vail for over twenty years. He failed five times before passing.
What differentiates these folks? What kept some connected and others disenfranchised?
I would suggest the answer lies in the manner different folks handle failure. How they pick themselves up after being knocked down a notch. I think you hit the nail on the head when you mentioned self esteem and or sense of self worth.
I'm going to try and obtain my advanced free style accred, freestyle trainer accred, and alpine trainer accred this season. I have no business in the park! The chances are slim that I will obtain ANY
of the three. I'm fifty years old, however, I ski like I'm seventy! I know going into the project I stand a high chance of failure. For some odd reason that is the allure. I enjoy the process and the possibility of failing really gets my juices flowing.
Great topic and one that hit home as I filled out my clinic schedule this morning.
P.S. JP get the copier fired up for the season and by all means don't offer any rebuttle here