Failure Is Not Final


Michael Jordan is one of my favorite athletes of all time.  He was a fierce competitor and always left everything on the basketball court.  We all remember the many championships and game winning shots he made while playing for the Chicago Bulls.  Many of us also forget the fact that Michael Jordan has failed many times in his life.  He was cut from his high school basketball team.  He has missed thousands of shots on the basketball court.  He failed to make it to the pros in Major League Baseball.  However, through his determination, hard work and right attitude, Michael Jordan is a sports icon.

Michael Jordan is a great example of someone who didn’t let failure hold them back from achieving their goals.  No one likes to fail at anything.  Failure is a temporary defeat, however it is not the end to achieving a goal.  I am sure we can all relate to failing.  I have failed at pretty much anything you can fail at.  Failed at completing a workout.  Failed at getting that job offer.  Failed at asking out that girl I wanted to go out with.  With every failure, there were lessons from each and every single one of them.  Today, I can say I am better for them.

We do need to fail in life.  Through failing, we can take the next set of actions to accomplishing our goals.  For example, many people are looking for a career change.  Many only focus on the fact that they may fail at finding that right opportunity.  What’s worse:  Trying to find a new job or not trying at all?  Trying at something and failing is way better than not trying at all.  Through failure, it can give us the motivation we need to eventually achieving our goals and dreams.  Michael Jordan could of quit playing basketball after getting cut from his high school team.  Instead, he went to his room and cried and then made a plan to make his high school basketball team.  As we now know, he would become the greatest basketball player ever and is currently part owner of the Charlotte Bobcats.

Failure is never a good feeling.  Failure is not final either.  Failure can be used as a catalyst to inspire ourselves and others to achieve things that we didn’t think was possible.  Life is short.  We have to all do what we can to live the best lives possible.  Go after what makes you happy.  Even if you experience failure and setbacks along the way, that’s OK.  It means you are trying to be the best that you can be.  There is nothing wrong with that at all.  The best people fail at things all the time.  These are the same people who achieve their goals.  Their stories are a remember that you will fail.  Failure is not final.  Failure only becomes final if you give up on your dreams.

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




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