“I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot, and I missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
~Michael Jordan

I guess there is much to learn from Michael Jordan.

We think of him as the greatest basketball player. Ever. His skills, his competitive nature, his ability to seemingly float, to jump from the foul line to dunk. He was a joy to watch.

And yet, in his own words, he failed over and over and over again.

And again, in his own words, that is why he succeeded.

We must be willing to fail – to miss our shots, to lose our games, to let our teammates down – if we want to succeed. We must be willing to try, and to pick up our pieces when things fall apart.

I watch my clients lean towards giving up when things don’t go their way. I watch my kids. I watch myself.

And I watch us all give up on giving up, and get back in the game. And that’s when things work and we thrive. And flourish.

And sink our jump shot. Maybe even from the foul line.

How have you failed over and over and over again? And how has it helped you?
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