I was reading an article recently about the value of mistakes,failures and how we can learn from them instead of giving excuses or trying to blame someone else for our failures.And the following struck me. Even though I have read it before so many times.
Michael Jordan, arguably the greatest Basketball player who ever played had this to say about failing :
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 have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.
When it comes to excuses, the world is full of amazing inventors. Don’t spend half your life telling people what you are going to do and the other half explaining why you didn’t do it. Take Nike’s advise, ‘Just Do It’.
Mistakes have hidden powers to help us, but they fail in their mission of helping us when we blame them on other people. When you use excuses, you give up your power to change and improve. You can fall down many times, but you won’t be a failure until you say that someone else pushed you.
Failing is a good thing. It means you are doing something. And this increases your chances of success. The more you fail, the more your chances of discovering something as long as you learn from it. And you don’t try to cover your failure with excuses. This is hard to accept because we live in a society where people expect you to take the first step perfectly and never fall down. So most people never even get up to walk at all. Because, God forbid they try to walk and they fall. They become an object of ridicule.