Nov 05


Lesson – Failure is giving up, everything else is just a learning process

Michael Jordan – “Failure”

Michael Jordan’s Nike advert about failure is a perfect example of what “failure” actually is – it is giving up. He has missed more than 9000 shots in his career, lost nearly 300 games, missed 26 game winning shots, but continued to persist despite these “mistakes” or “setbacks” and that attitude is what ultimately has made him a successful and iconic professional basketball player.

Here’s another video about famous ‘failures’ and how they ended up becoming success despite setbacks, or pessimistic attitudes from others. It includes stories from Michael Jordan, Albert Einstein, Oprah Winfrey, Walt Disney, Lionel Messi, Steve Jobs, Eminem, Thomas Edison,The Beatles, Dr. Zeuss, Abraham Lincoln.

Here’s a few more quotes on this topic:
The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried – Stephen McCraine
I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work – Thomas Edison
It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default – JK Rowling

There are two types of mindsets which relate to this idea – a growth mindset and a fixed mindset.

  • Growth mindset – people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work
  • Fixed mindset – people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits
  • My final point is on the power of self fulfilling prophecies which are defined as “a prediction that directly or indirectly causes itself to become true, by the very terms of the prophecy itself, due to positive feedback between belief and behaviour”

    So if your belief is “I can’t do X” “I’ll never achieve anything” “It’s impossible” e.t.c, don’t be surprised if that’s exactly what happens. A healthy optimistic mentality that embraces challenges will always precede success and breakthroughs. So work on your mind first, and the rest will fall into place.

    Here is a great website which shows the careers of many successful people and the ‘failures’ that occurred over the course of their life, and how they kept on trying regardless of any setbacks.

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