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By John Austin Foster-
Also, I will tell you why you should be a failure too.
“I’ve missed over 9,000 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
Today’s message is going to be short, so enjoy, and after reading this quick message, go out and fail greatly.
I had the above quote on a poster above my bed, when I was in my teenage years. I loved Michael Jordan, as did most youth during that time. This message of valuing failure has come back to me over and over again in my life, and I feel it is probably one of the most important messages for anyone to understand, before they will ever realize success. I’m a proud failure, and today, I want to ask you to be one too!!!!
I have a book from Stanford psychologist, Carol Dweck, called Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. Basically, it outlines two drastically different mindsets. One is called a growth mindset and the other one, a fixed mindset. The fixed mindset fears challenge and failure more than anything, because they think failing proves they will never amount to much and it will just prove they aren’t meant for success. On the other hand, the growth mindset relishes challenges and sees each failure as a step towards figuring out the problem and finding success.
One rarely succeeds, and even if they do find money or something they are good at, they rarely take risks, so they become trapped even by their success. The other knows they are already successful and all they have to do is go out and prove it to the world. Failure is no problem, because, how can you ever learn something if you can’t fail at it?
So, the next time you find yourself afraid of taking risk, following your dreams, and facing failure, switch your mindset. See it as an opportunity.
“Don’t ask what the world needs, Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman
I’ll finish with this. In a recent commencement speech by Jim Carrey, Jim shared a life experience of when he was a kid that had made him decide to become successful. He spoke of his dad, who was a brilliant comedian, but gave that up to support his family. So he decided to sell insurance instead of tell jokes. However, one day he was laid off and Jim’s family was left in poverty and need.
That is when Jim decided that if you can fail at what you don’t want in life, you might as well try at what you do want.
Full speech is linked below. It’s about 26 minutes.
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