Don’t Be Afraid to Fail!

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These words from one of the greatest (if not the greatest) basketball player ever lived simply sates that to failing is a big part of his success. If there’s one important point in his statement is he did not let his failures stop him from doing what he loves to do. Over nine thousand missed shots in his career, lost almost 300 games, missing 26 game winning shots, did not stop him. In fact, I remember during the slam dunk competition that launched him to stardom, he missed his first attempt to dunk the ball, taking off from the free throw line.

Imagine if Michael Jordan did not try the slam dunk from the free throw line the second time. He failed in his first attempt, and he only had one chance left to do it. Physically, it was an impossible task. Perhaps he could have a tried less difficult style that could still make him slam dunk champion at the time. Maybe he could have still been the champion, but would he be as successful as he was? Would his name still be known today? Would he be as successful as he is today?

Personal Reflection

One of my greatest fears is the fear of failure. Maybe that’s just the way I was brought upm, or that’s just what my genes is made of. Whatever the cause is, the result is not good. I often stop my self from doing things or stop my self from accomplishing things because at the back of my mind I keep thinking I can’t do it. As a result, I always end not accomplishing my task.

Fear of failing on almost anything has always been my biggest weakness. I usually do only things that involves little risks. As a result I have been living a mediocre life!

MJ’s Secret for Success.

Michael Jordan’s Statement reveals his secret for success.

  1. Do what you love most. Michael Jordan loves to play basketball and that’s what he do best.
  2. Persevere. Though Michael Jordan missed over 9000 shots in his lifetime, and 26 of those are game winning shots, it did not stop him. Again, after failing his first attempt on his now famous free-throw-line slam dunk, he persevered and tried again and made that shot that made him famous.
  3. Last but not least: Don’t Be Afraid to Fail! It obviously that Jordan was not aftraid to fail. In taking and missing those supposed to be game winning shots that’s totalled upto 26. Maybe some players would be afraid to make more attempts after failing a few times but not Michael, and as he said, that’s why he succeeded.


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