Tuesday, May 14, 2013

True Determination

Michael Jordan is considered one of the greatest basketball players of all time. His leaping ability, demonstrated by performing slam dunks from the free throw line in slam dunk contests, earned him the nicknames “Air Jordan” and “His Airness”. He also gained a reputation for being one of the best defensive players in basketball. He is described as ‘single-handedly redefining the NBA superstar’ and yet to get there he openly admits to failing more than most.

Jordan did a basketball commercial where he walks in the arena and the people are chanting, “Michael! Michael!” He says, “ I've missed 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I've been trusted to take the game-winning shot and I have missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life.” Jordan goes on to say the reason he has succeeded boils down to his constant failure and using failure as motivation to shoot for success. In other words Jordan viewed failures as stepping stones towards success.
Determined leaders fall forward.  Staying down is not an option.  Looking ahead while getting up from the fall is the practice.  Each mistake is a lesson paid for and learned well.  It is a lesson not to be repeated.  Constant improvement is the goal.   Though the effort may be strenuous, the obstacles foreboding, and the prospects discouraging the determined leader presses on with an cautious optimism that anticipates victory ahead.
Dr. Gayle Woods

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