Dealing with Failure

Michael Jordan is one of my favourite sportsmen.

He has won numerous trophies and personal honours, including NBA championships and MPV (Most Valuable Player) awards. He is a legend of the sport that is admired worldwide.

However, did you know that he was kicked out his high school basketball team because his coach said he was, wait for it… ‘not good enough’? I bet the coach regrets that decision now.

Michael Jordan said: ‘I have failed over and over again in my life, and that is why I succeed’.

The problem is that many of us are afraid to try new or demanding things, or even step outside of our comfort zones, because we are afraid of failure. Everyone fails at some time in their lives. Remember, failure is not defeat Nevertheless, success can start with failure. Sounds strange I know, but failure can help you to become successful. Failure can be an opportunity.

It is an opportunity to reflect and even re-evaluate and come back even stronger. Failure can help us to grow, mature and learn a totally new perspective on life. Failure can be good, if we learn from it.

We can learn from failure if we:
Realise that experience is a great teacher. Experience helps you to become wiser. Therefore, failure is just another lesson that you learn. Failure is a lesson paid in the journey of life.

Understand that sometimes good things don’t happen overnight: It can take good planning and patience. Lots of it.
Prepared to evaluate and look at what went wrong: Don’t just give and move on. Analyse your failure/s and identify what went wrong so you do not repeat the same mistake again, and again, and again.

Finally, the entrepreneur Richard Branson said, ‘do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again’.
Stay focused and stay blessed.

TNT Be Inspired David Okoro

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