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Breaking and fixing mistakes

What’s the point of making a mistake if it doesn’t teach you a lesson?

The first time I ever shot a basketball was underhand. But then I learned proper form and practiced every day, inspired by Michael Jordan and the Bulls.

The first time I saw a billboard I got nervous because I couldn’t read it. But then I learned how read and write in school.

We never forget our first moments, when we practiced with little reference and raw skills but continued learning with anxious excitement.  Everything was new.  

But then it finally comes time to play the game.  We have to perform during competition to test our skills against others and see how we match up.  

And it doesn’t even stop there.  There are other variables like teamwork and leadership you also have to master if you want to win consistently.  

In other words, you can’t ever stop learning and strengthening your skills.  And you certainly can’t identify what those weaknesses are until you fail in practice and in the games.  

Experience tends to breed success which creates more passion, but losing questions your durability.  Do you really want this or do you only want it because you see positive results most of the time?  

There’s always room for improvement.  Failure is only temporary if you learn from it and avoid the same mistake again.  People may remember your slips but they are more likely to celebrate with you in your successes.  

Achievement is the end result of years of diligence.  

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“One Day…”

is a popular saying typically used for future desires but not necessarily things truly wanted. Life evolves and so do wants and realities.

However, “One Day” is comforting because it creates a feeling of vicarious ownership. “One day I’ll get that job; One day I’ll own that house; One day I’ll write that book; One day I’ll get married.” For a few seconds, you really feel it.

Establishing an expectation builds confidence and is always the first rule to action.

You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them. – Michael Jordan

Still, “One day” falls short of producing short-term action. Envisioning the long-term goal hinders the steps required to achieve it.

What is the “One Thing” you can do today to get you closer to your goal? If you really want it, then you’ll go do it.

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I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.

Michael Jordan

Never gets old.