Not Trying is Worse than Failure

“I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” -Michael Jordan

I think it is safe to say that to anyone old enough to have seen him play basketball (at least the first time around), Michael Jordan can be a synonym for greatness. In fact, even the biography from the NBA says, “…Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time.” I think that is why this quote hits even deeper for me. Here is a man who can honestly be called a game-changer, who is essentially admitting to failing ‘at something’.

Lesson: This will surely become a recurring theme since I want to teach my daughter to try (anything) and try often, so who better to kick it off than MJ himself? It is better to learn to live with failure than it is to learn to live with complacency.

I have struggled with this all my life, and want to show my daughter that it’s okay to fail at something. And just so I can prove it to myself, I want to write that again.

It’s okay to fail at something.

There are countless people who talk about this, but the gist is the same. Failing at something means you’re trying something new. You’re creating something. It means you’re being unique. These lessons all stem from failing, and that is what I hope to teach.

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