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.
These are the words of one of world’s best basketball players in history, and you
notice the word “best”. Do the best people in their field actually fail? YES! And
they’re still recognized as the best. You may think, why would someone who
has missed 9000 shots still be the best? It’s just trial, He tried again, he didn’t
stop there, He didn’t give up, he tried it again, and again, and again.
Today I’ll be writing about trials, trying, giving up.
Imagine you’re in a very public place right now, looking all swaged up, it could
be your school auditorium, a dinner, a party, anywhere at all. Imagine you trip
and fall, you don’t even know what caused it, but you just see yourself on the
floor and everyone is staring. You get up quickly, embarrassed and all but you
get up definitely, you don’t want to remain there and everyone’s watching, no,
you try your best to stand up immediately even hoping no one saw you. You do
it fast and easy.
There’s nothing disheartening as putting all your best in something and it
doesn’t come out fruitful or how you want it to, it’s just too sad. We’ll read very
hard for quizzes and it turns out horrific and we’ll just decide not to stress it
when it’s time for examinations. But have we really asked ourselves if that’s the
best option? Have we asked ourselves if doing that will make things any better?
Giving up is a very big thing to me and I’m not always happy when I hear
“okay, I’m done, I am not trying anymore”. That’s the line of a coward my dear
and it’s not the best. Push farther. Push more. Try again, there’s no harm in that,
you won’t get it right but there will surely be a change.
Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly. It can be stupid,
people may laugh at you, mock you, say all sorts but you just got to chin up.
If it is stupid but it works, it isn’t stupid anymore. Each mistake teaches you
something new about yourself, there is no failure, remember, except in no
longer trying. It is the courage to continue that counts. It is common sense to
take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above
all keep trying.
As old as this song is I still enjoy listening to the lyrics because it’s really
“When there is a desire, there’s gonna be a flame,
When there’s a flame, someone is bound to get burned,
But just because it burns doesn’t mean you’re gonna die,
You gotta get up and try and try and try…”
-Try by Pink
There is no such thing as ‘going back to square one’, even if you feel like you’re
having to start over, you are trying again with more knowledge, strength and
power than you had before. Your journey was never over, it was just waiting for
you to find it again.
I totally love Richelle E. Goodrichs words in her book- Smile anyway
Play it again. Sing it again. Read it again. Write it again
Sketch it again. Rehearse it again. Run it again. Try it again.
Because again is practice, and practice is improvement,
And improvement only leads to perfection.
I really hope you don’t stop trying.
-BY OLIVE NWAFOR