Failure: Catalyst for Growth

“I’ve missed more than nine thousand shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

– Michael Jordan

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”

– T.S. Elliot

Orison Swett Marden tells us about the latent potential in a torpedo in the ode to self-determination called He Can Who Thinks He Can:

“There is enough latent force in a Maximite torpedo shell to tear a warship to pieces. But the amount of force or explosive power in one of these terrific engines of destruction could never be ascertained by any ordinary concussion.

Children could play with it for years, pound it, roll it about, and do all sorts of things with it; the shell might be shot through the walls of an ordinary building, without arousing its terrible dynamic energy. It must be fired from a cannon, with terrific force, through a foot or so of steel plate armor, before it meets with resistance great enough to evoke its mighty explosive power.

Every man is a stranger to his greatest strength, his mightiest power, until the test of a great responsibility, a critical emergency, or a supreme crisis in his life, calls it out.”

Often times the very thing that catalyzes our growth is our failure. It’s our greatest challenges that catalyze our greatest growth. IF WE LET THEM.

William James tells us: “Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they’ve got a second. Give your dreams all you’ve got and you’ll be amazed at the energy that comes out of you.”

Let’s embrace our failures and our challenges. Let’s blow through our perceived upper limits. Let’s find the extra energy to move forward.

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