“I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” ~Michael Jordan…
Your failures are not something that you need be ashamed of. As Michael points out… we all “fail at something.” What matters is that we took a chance, that we tried our best. Not giving it your best effort… now that is something you would feel ashamed of.
Even though there are many things in life that we can predict with a high degree of accuracy, there are plenty more that we will be wrong about. Every year, thousands of things fail–startup ventures close shop, athletes are cut from teams because they are not quite good enough, relationships end, banks foreclose on houses, sales on products fail to cover costs. Failure is a potential outcome for us. And if we learn to accept that as ok, we can move past the failure to growth. Additionally, we can begin to plan for the possibility of failure, so that we are not caught off-guard or left in a bad situation.
As an athlete, Michael knows quite intimately that life is not about winning–it is about trying and learning from the effort. Many people win medals in the Olympic Games, but many more go home without gold, silver, or bronze. But their goals have brought them to the possibility of at least competing in the Olympic Games, putting them among the very elite athletes in the world at their respective sport.
Doing our best is what truly matters in life–win or lose.
Put forth your best effort in all you do daily.
Questions to consider:
Think of a risk you recently took in which you failed. What did you lose? What did you gain? Was it worth it?
What are some things you might fail at? Does the possibility keep you from trying?
How do most people react when someone fails at something they have tried?
For further thought:
“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” ~Henry Ford