Friday, June 05, 2009

Failure

This is a simple yet very inspiring ad from Nike.



Transcript :

"I've missed more than 9,000 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

From young I'm taught not to fail, and that failure is not an option. Throughout my life, I realised there were many options, but I choose not to step on those paths because I was afraid to fail. Fear takes me away from the unknown, of which some I will never find out what lies ahead of that path because it's a one way street. Once you miss your turn, there's no turning back.

There will be changes to come soon. I am again very afraid. Afraid if I would fail. However, what's different is that this time I took that path to the unknown. This is my choice. I will find out soon enough if I can overcome this journey or not. Even if I do not succeed, I will tell myself that at least I tried. It's ok. No need to beat myself up again. Courage, my dear, courage.

Of course, I know God is with me. He has always been with me throughout my journey. I am blessed, and I have faith in Him to see me through turbulent times dispite my complaints and worries.

Here's another inspiring quote on failure :

"It is not the critic who counts,
not the man who points out
how the strong man stumbled,
or where the doer of deeds
could have done better.
The credit belongs to the man
who is actually in the arena,
whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood,
who strives valiantly,
who errs and comes short again and again,
who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions,
and spends himself in a worthy cause,
who at best knows achievement
and who at the worst if he fails
at least fails while daring greatly
so that his place shall never be
with those cold and timid souls
who know neither victory nor defeat."

- Theodore Roosevelt -
(From a speech given in Paris at the Sorbonne in 1910)

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