Failure is inevitable. The people trying to do their very best work are often the ones taking the biggest risks and often doing things that they – nor anyone else for that matter, has ever done before. These are the people looking fear of failure in the face every day and are still pushing through it. Maybe it’s because the more we try the less we actually end up failing, or maybe it’s because with every failure it gets just a little bit easier and we realize we’re still six feet above the ground instead of six feet under–so how bad can it really be?
For anyone that needs a reminder that failure is an important part of the process of success, take a minute to watch what could quite possibly be two of the most inspirational commercials produced, ever featuring basketball great Michael Jordan.
“I’ve missed more than 9k shots in my career,
I’ve lost almost 300 games,
26 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 .”
“Maybe it’s my fault that you didn’t see that failure gave me strength, that my pain is motivation.”
Maybe I lead you to believe that basketball was a God-given gift and not something I worked for. Every single day of my life.
Maybe I destroyed the game. Or maybe, you’re just making excuses.”
This reminds me of the old adage that you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. That, to me, is the only real failure. Onward.