Friday, September 23, 2005

Jay Tea makes a solid case for the value of failure

Winners and losers

I like the Michael Jordan quote:
"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."

Absolutely! Failure is a part of life. The only people who don't fail are the ones who don't try. Consequently, they don't succeed, either. They just exist.

AFTERTHOUGHT: This is why I thoroughly oppose the modern liberal ideas about how our children should be taught in school. "We can't hurt their fragile egos by dividing them into 'winners' and 'losers!' Winning isn't important! Failing and being a 'loser' will prevent children from having a good self-image!" It's all bull and completely contrary to the way the world has always worked. Children who grow up with that garbage drilled into their heads will experience nothing but shell-shock when they face the real world. People don't get the jobs they want. People get fired. People lose elections. People fail college courses. Sports teams lose games. Winning and losing, success and failure. It's all a part of life - REAL life, mind you, not this happy-go-lucky dreamworld where nobody fails or loses that the liberals want.

I've failed. I've done a lot of things that I've failed at and I've learned from those experiences how to better myself. If I always succeeded or never tried, what kind of person would I be now? (Probably still a liberal.) Contrary to the whiny "see/hear/say no evil" rhetoric of an obsessed stalker of mine, failure really is a part of life and it is valuable if you learn from it. Only a great fool would think otherwise.


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