“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.”
The words of Michael Jordan strikes me so much that I won’t be fulfilled today without sharing a thought on this with you. Life always seems to present us with innumerable challenges and problems on a daily basis. It throws left hooks when we were expecting right ones; it gives us apples when we desire oranges; it even presents us with seemingly awful surprises that we weren’t expecting, and it bloats us with unresourceful emotions that tend to tie us down to a life of mediocrity and unhappiness.
We often have challenging moments as we journey through life, when everything seems not to be working out as planned—friends disappoint, family give up and those who once had faith in you don’t anymore. Despite all this, it is not so much what happens to us that actually makes a difference, it is rather what we do with what happens to us that determines where we will end up, what we will have, and how we will be transformed by our experiences.
One of the biggest fears people have in their lives is failure.
- Afraid they won’t succeed if they try something new
- Fear that they might never “make it” doing what they are passionate about
- Fear that keeps them from following their heart
Life is too short to let fear make big decisions for you
The real failure isn’t people failing you but you failing yourself. Great dreams have been shattered by believing that the failure of others to believe in you is a failure to you. The failure of others to have faith in you doesn’t mean you are a failure, it just means you haven’t succeeded yet.
Those who succeed in achieving their dreams always have one common characteristic. They never give up. This isn’t an attitude that they develop toward the end, it’s a mindset that they establish from the beginning and nurture throughout the process.
Though, it is not easy to overcome the fear of failure, but once you build up the confidence to not let fear hold you back, you’ll acheive much more.
Never give up on you!