A Great Perspective on Failure

The NBA playoffs are in full swing, and recently one of the main contenders to win it all, the Milwaukee Bucks, lost in the first round. After their final game, a reporter asked Giannis Antetokounmpo if he considered this season a failure, and he had an answer worth watching.

As the title suggests, Giannis basically says that there’s no failure in sports. No one wins every game, and just because a team doesn’t win a champion doesn’t make the season (or the players on the team) a failure. There are so many successes along the way–every shot made, every clever pass, every fan they made smile.

I love this perspective in general, not just for sports. It applies to creativity, relationships, insecurities, etc.

I went indoor rock climbing last week for the first time in years, and I couldn’t finish a 5.9 that was once easy. At first I was a little down–have I really forgotten everything I learned? But Giannis’ words were fresh on my mind. I brushed off, appreciated that I got halfway up the wall, and I adjusted my expectations and focused on 5.7s and 5.8s for the rest of the climb. I needed to test my limits to ensure I didn’t rush in and hurt myself, as I need these hands for work and disc golf too!

What do you think about Giannis’ words of wisdom? How do you reframe failure in your life?

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