Quote of the Episode:
“Defeat is for the valiant. Only they will know the honor of losing, and the joy of winning…”
– Paulo Coelho
There are highs and lows in all our lives. The tide of personal success ebbs and flows. One day, it seems like you’re on top of the world. The next, it looks like you’ll never drag yourself out of the hole you’re in.
This is the game. We sign up to play upon entry. If you want to live a life that matter, you must face failure and defeat. There is no getting around it.
You can’t win if you’re not willing to get a little bruised.
Gatorade has a great ad campaign out right now. It features some of the most iconic figures in sports recounting their biggest failures, and how they led to their greatest triumph. Michael Jordan talks about not making varsity. Serena Williams about her most memorable loss on the court. The message? Make defeat your fuel.
To be great at anything, you have to be willing to endure the sting of suckage. “Suckage” is those inevitable lows during the learning curve, or when things just don’t go your way. When you’re confronted by failure, you can let it grind you into the dirt…
Or, you can plant your feet, take the hit, and come out swinging. You decide.
“Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure.”
– George E. Woodberry
- Defeat does not define you. What you do in the face of it does.
- Greatness in any arena is full of missteps, failures and frustrations. You get to decide whether or not they break you.
- Gatorade got it right. Make defeat your fuel.
The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho
A fantastic tale about a character that searches the world to find himself, and discovers the secret to life.
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Music Credit: Great Days by Joakim Karud