Michael Jordan and Failure

It's hard to talk about MJ and failure in the same sentence.  Michael Jordan, number 23 for the Chicago Bulls is known to the world as the greatest basketball player to ever live.  He has been dubbed by a generation as "Air Jordan" and "His Airness," for his high flying acrobatics on the court.

In his career, he took the Chicago Bulls for six NBA championships within a single decade, only briefly quitting basketball to attempt a career in Baseball (most of us are still not quite sure what this was about).

Yet, most of us do not realize one of the secrets to His Airness's soaring success - "Michael puts it this way: 'I've missed more than nine thousand shots in my career.  I've lost almost three hundred games.  Twenty-six 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.'" (excerpt from Why Don't Students Like School by Daniel T. Willingham).

What do you want to succeed at?  Better get started and stop worrying about the failing part ...