Only Failure

Have you enjoyed the Olympic Games? I didn’t watch as much of the games as I would have liked. What I did watch of the Olympic Games was pretty cool.

I really enjoy it. I enjoy it on a lot of levels. It’s fun to watch the races, it’s fun to watch the athletes compete, and sport, by definition, is dramatic.


Yet, we get hung up on going for the gold-winning it all. The gold medal count is everything.

It’s great to strive for that, but who are the winners and who are the losers?

I reckon that if you make it to the Olympic Games, whether you medal or not, you’re a winner. The effort and dedication to train for years and years to be an Olympian makes them all winners.

How can you call them losers? You can’t. They are winners. They’re winners because they understand that the only failure is the failure to participate. You give 100%, you get 100%.

Michael Jordan is easily considered the best basketball player of all time. The GOAT-the greatest of all time.

There’s no question that Michael Jordan is still the best ever. I went back and looked at some of his statistics and he has a great winning percentage.

In the professional ranks, he played in 1,072 games, and he was on the winning team 706 of those games-which means he had a winning record of 65.9%.

It also means that he lost 34.1% of the games. But was Michael Jordan a loser? No.

This is a guy who played on a University of North Carolina National Championship Team, played on six NBA championship teams, and won two gold medals at the Olympics.

For all his accolades, the reason Michael Jordan is a winner is the fact that he showed up every day to practice and gave it his all. He worked hard.

The reason they won is that he worked, and he made everybody else work. He wouldn’t accept people that weren’t going to show up every day and do the hard things required to be a winner.

Here’s an interesting stat on Michael Jordan. Michael Jordan’s career field goal percentage in the NBA was 49.7%. That means he missed over half his shots. Winner or loser?

It’s about playing the game. It’s about showing up every day. It’s about doing the work.

If you’re going to be EPIC, you’ve got to do the work. The only failure is a failure to participate. Give 100% and you’ll get 100% back.

Understand that there will be going to be losses, that seem like failures. They are only temporary. Failure is not forever.

Roberto Clemente said, “You win some, you lose some, and some get rained out; but you’ve always got to dress out.”

What are you going to do this week to move your business forward? Are you going to dress out and play 100%, whether it’s raining or not?

Remember, the only failure is a failure to participate. Show up, play the game, and you’ll be a winner. Until next time…

All the best!


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