Accept Failure

everyone-fails“I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.”

- Michael Jordan

Quote of the Day.

What words come to mind when you hear the name Michael Jordan?  Regardless of our favorite-team affiliations, most of us are more likely to associate the word “success” with Michael Jordan than “failure.”  At first glance, his career seems to be a series of fabled successes, but consider the following:

“I’ve missed more than 9000 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.”

- Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan’s career included numerous failures – but those were the stepping stones he used to succeed!

To emphasize his last sentence, here it is again.  ”And that is why I succeed.”  He doesn’t say that he succeeded despite his failures, he says he succeeded because of his failures.

Adopt this mindset for your own life.  Don’t sweep your failures under the rug – use them to build your success!

About Michael Jordan:  Seriously?  ok.  Michael Jordan rose to fame during the 80′s and 90′s as the star player for the Chicago Bulls basketball team.  He is attributed as the greatest basketball player of all time and has proven his abilities off the court as a successful entrepreneur since then.

Image Credit:  Flickr user Nzinga Tiye

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