Once upon a time, there was a boy in Wilmington, North Carolina, who dearly loved basketball. Sure he had talent, but he wasn’t a star. In 10th grade, he didn’t even make the varsity team. But this boy was not about to hang up his jersey. Day after grueling day, he kept shooting, dribbling, practicing.
That boy’s name?
Michael Jordan. And he became one of the greatest basketball players in history.
“I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life,” Jordan says in one of his many Nike commercials. “And that is why I succeed.”
It’s true. During his NBA career, Jordan missed more than 9,000 shots. He lost nearly 300 games. Twenty-six times his team looked to him to make a game-winning basket . . . that he failed to make.
But wait. Isn’t it the people who never fail who rise to the top?
Nope. It may seem counterintuitive, but as Jordan learned, failure is a key part of being successful.