“It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.” – Theodore Roosevelt
Good morning peeps, meditation done.
Quote for the Day:
“It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.”
When you fail at something it really hurts, but learning how to fail is part of your life ‘s experience and learning from your failures helps you to succeed.
Michael Jordan famously once said,
“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 according to his biography on the NBA website states: “By acclamation, Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time.”
He learnt to succeed by failing, if had never tried the shot he would never have missed and failed, which hurts real bad, but if he had never tried the shot he would never scored and would never become a winner.
The first time I felt real failure was when I was about 15. As well as football I used to play cricket when I was growing up. I was probably better at cricket than I was at football, but I loved football more.
I mention Pricey my best mate David Price often, because we grew up together, we have known each other since we were 4, I lived at 64 Grand Avenue and Pricey and his family lived at 72, and we are virtually brothers, in fact we are ‘Blood Brothers’ one day when we were kids we watched a western movie and the native Indians or red Indians as they were known in the movies at that time ‘The Apaches’ cut each other with knives and put their arms together to become ‘Blood Brothers’ so Pricey, his brothers John and Keith pricked our selves on our fingers with a pin and pressed them all together to become Blood Brothers.
Pricey’s dad Pat Price taught us all to play football and cricket, we used to play all day everyday, either in Adastra Park, or our gardens or our halls. It was football in the winter and cricket in the summer. We all played for Sussex at cricket. John and I were quick bowlers, Keith was a batsmen and Pricey was a leg break bowler. I was genuinely quick and I modelled myself on Michael Holding the legendary Jamaican Fast bowler, one of the fastest bowlers ever to play Test cricket, he was nicknamed “Whispering Death” by umpires due to his quiet approach to the bowling crease from his exceptionally long run up. I used the same long run up, using my natural running speed and had a very smooth action generating natural pace from the speed gained from my run up and smooth whippy arm action, which also provided a natural away swing. The problem was I was not very tall and very slim when I was a youngster and did not really start growing taller and filling out until I was turning 17.
Sussex Under 16’s were going to tour Barbados in the winter of 1980/81. Pricey and I were both in the squad of about 18 to 20 boys shortlisted to go, which was going to be cut down to 15 or 16 boys to actually go on the tour. We had six months to impress our coaches in matches and in the winter nets, which were held at the County Ground in Hove after school. We would have two nets a week with the County Squad and I would go for a further couple of nets down at the ground through the Sussex County Cricket Club junior membership scheme, plus one net a week with Keymer and Hassocks Cricket Club’s men’s team at Hurstpierpoint College plus the KHCC Colts side. Come to think of it I was playing football at the same time with training and games plus going to school and having homework something must have suffered surely and I am guessing school work would have probably been the least of my priorities, God knows how I got my ‘O’ and ‘A’ levels let alone went to University?
One day in December, which I will never forget, I was in an art lesson, with Mr. Jones when I was told I had to go to Mr. Pybus the headmaster’s office. It was never good to be called to his office as it usually meant you had done something wrong and if you were really bad you got the cane, which was still allowed in those days. Anyway I went in nervously and Mr. Pybus said don’t worry you have not done anything wrong it is an honour that your in here, but it is bad news and then he handed me the letter from Sussex, to say I had not been selected to go to Barbados, I was devastated, I was broken, I would much rather had been getting the cane than getting the news that I was not going to Barbados. After school I met up with Pricey who ran up to see me smiling holding his letter he was going he had been selected to go to Barbados I was one of the 3 to 5 unlucky ones that had been cut.
Pricey was as devastated for me as I was delighted for him, it was a weird feeling a difficult situation, but actually made our friendship even closer our bond even stronger. As a compensation I toured the West Country – Somerset, Gloucestershire, Devon and Monmouthshire which is in Wales with a Sussex Squad made up of those not going to Barbados and was the leading wicket tacker which my coach Mike Sutton said had made him very proud the way I had responded to the disappointment and been such a success had shown great character.
In dance I didn’t experience too many failures the main one was only getting offered an apprenticeship with Dance Theatre of Harlem and not a place in the company which was my dream and I regret never dancing on tour with Michael Jackson or Madonna, which was the pinnacle of a commercial dancer’s career, because I never went to America to audition. If I didn’t go and audition how could I succeed in my goal?
Yoga teaches us to deal with failure everyday, through trying to achieve all the different poses or asanas. You may never get to succeed in achieving some of the poses, but the important thing is you try and the journey is more important than achieving the goal.
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