FAILING OUR WAY TO SUCCESS…
Here’s one of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite guys…
“I’ve missed more than 9000 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
“Failing our way forward” is a pretty good tactic. We learn a lot from “failing” – or what I like to call “coming up short,” or “messing up” or just plain “blowing it.”
My favorite quote is from Thomas Edison who responded somewhat testily when someone reminded him that he’d failed ten thousand times when he was trying to invent the lightbulb: “I didn’t ‘fail,’ I just found ten thousand ways it didn’t work, that’s all!” And then he found the one that did…
What a guy.
Missing the shot, blowing the put, forgetting the lyrics to the song you were supposed to sing at your high school graduation, (that happened to me…) or simply “batting zero,” however that shows up in your life…are part of the “stuff of life” that makes us, us.
“Failing our way to success” doesn’t sound all that appealing on the surface. But when you think about it there’s a certain comfort level in the idea.
The thing is: It’s okay to fail! It’s fine not to be right the first time. Or even the second. Or the third. In fact, if you listen to – and own – the learning, it’s more than okay, it’s actually good. More than good. It’s invaluable.
You find out who you really are when you blow it. When you walk away from the net, or the basket, or the stage with anything but your best “game.” Maybe even your worst. But after you catch your breath, after you say a few uh, “choice words” to yourself, and mull it over for awhile, you look up and say, “Okay! Look out! I got this now!”
“I’m good, ya know it?” And your self answers just like Michael Jordan’s self: “Hey, the nine thousand shots I missed are meaningless compared to the number of games Iwon…”