Success Iceberg Poster (PDF)

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Catherine M.
Success Iceberg is a great visual reminder

My girls both have copies of this poster in their room. As well as teaching about the components of "success", it is a great reminder that what we see in others is only the tip of the iceberg - we see others' success but often miss all the effort and persistence that went into the success.


It has shown my daughter that not all is what it seems and you need to build your way there

Love this

We love this poster and is proudly displayed in our living area.

Great visual

This is great for kids that need a quick visual to remind them that a lot of work goes into success.

A positive twist on the iceberg theory

Many of us are familiar with the anger iceberg and I have used it numerous times with students. I love being able to use the iceberg theory to illustrate the concept that for success, a lot of other things have to be happening underneath what is seen!

This poster is a great visual reminder that every accomplished or successful person had to invest a lot of effort, work, and many other things until they achieved their goals.

It shows there are no shortcuts and there are no overnight successes. 

Success means effort, grit, failures, frustrations, rejections. It also means kindness towards others and taking care of yourself. 

The poster size is 8.5'' x 11'' (22 x 28 cm), it will print on a regular A4 size paper. 

It is perfect for printing at home using a non-commercial printer. 

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Each license (purchase) is valid for one educator/classroom with 1-35 students in one classroom or one family. These printables are for non-commercial use only. This PDF file may not be distributed for free or for any form of compensation. If you would like to use these printables as part of a class or practice you charge for, you must purchase a professional license. Please reach out to for more information.

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This poster is an important conversation tool to spark the discussion about success:

  • Ask your child to imagine they're on the ship in the sea and they see an iceberg (just like in this poster). Ask which part of the iceberg they can see from their ship.
  • Explain an iceberg has two parts: what people see (above the water line) and what people don’t see (beneath the water). Only a small part of an iceberg is visible, whereas the larger part of an iceberg is hidden beneath the water.
  • Explain that this is similar to when they see a successful person. They can only see the outcome of this person's actions and most of their accomplishments (the visible part of the iceberg). Whereas the efforts that were necessary to achieve such an outcome remain hidden and unnoticed (the invisible part of an iceberg that is beneath the water line).
  • Ask what they think they need to do to achieve success and fulfill their dreams (put forth effort, accept their failures, learn from mistakes, be kind and help others, etc.).
  • Expand the conversation by talking about your own successes and what it took you to achieve them.
  • Give an example of a famous person like Thomas Edison who went through ten thousand experiments before he invented his light bulb.