The Opportunity To Begin Again

“I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty six times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed”

-Michael Jordan

Too often in our world, we think that if we fail at a task it is a negative thing. Although failure can be a setback, it is also only temporary if we respond in the correct way. We must have the attitude of looking at failure as an opportunity to be learned from than we will be successful. An icon I have looked up to since I was little, is Michael Jordan. When I was in elementary school I would read as many Michael Jordan biography s as I could. From all of the books I read about him, one thing stood out, and that is Michael was a perfect example of learning from failure and bouncing back from it. When he was a sophomore in high school he was cut from his high school varsity basketball team. Early in his NBA career, he led the league in scoring, but was eliminated early in the playoffs and could never get past the “Bad Boy” Detroit Pistons. People said Jordan would never win a championship. The “Bad Boy” Pistons teams beat Jordan’s Bulls team 3 years in a row. Not only did they beat Jordan’s Bulls teams each year, they lived up to their “Bad Boy” reputation by keying on Jordan and fouling him hard. They would intentionally beat him up each game. Jordan could have complained about the hard fouls and beating the Pistons would do to him. He could have made a big scene to the media and also gotten discouraged by losing to them three years in a row. What Jordan did instead was he decided he was not physically capable of taking such a beating by the Pistons. Even though he was already the leagues best scorer and physically gifted, he went into the weight room in the off-season and gained twenty pounds of muscle to prepare for the Pistons the following year so he would be more physically ready. He met them again in the playoffs for the fourth year in a row, his Bulls team swept the Pistons 4 games to 0 and went on to win his first championship, and two more in a row after that. Failure is all about how we respond to it. It’s about be resilient even when we are uncertain we can bounce back. We can sit back and complain or we can respond with action. Every successful person never became successful by not first failing.

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