“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’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”--Michael Jordan
When a friend sent this to me, I knew I had to include it in a blog. It is incredible to me that basketball icon Michael Jordan believes he has failed. But he doesn't end there; he credits that to succeeding. Could not all of us benefit from his insight?
I used to joke that I could paper my house with all the rejections I've received. Currently, rejections come in electronic form, but the "joke" remains the same. One year, I figured that I had received over 12 book rejections, with dozens upon dozens of rejections on short stories and articles. And still I kept trying. Part of the reason is sheer obstinacy on my part, and part is the belief that I could succeed if I just kept trying.