Please repeat after me, there’s only one rule, I will not lose!
No disrespect to Jay-Z, DJ Khaled and any other no name rapper, that would have you believe that they’ve made it through life constantly winning, without suffering some type of setback or defeat. But this is some bullshit. There is no way that one can go through life without experiencing some type of disappointment or loss, and to say otherwise is reckless.
Michael Jordan who is considered by some to be the greatest basketball player of all time has experienced his fair share of disappointments during his career. As he tells it “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 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”. So if the greatest basketball player of all time thinks that failure is motivation for him to succeed, one can see that failure (if built upon) is a necessity.
How else did Shawn Carter become Jay-Z without having to regroup after a letdown? Hell even he admitted signing a distribution deal with Priority records for his Roc-a-fella record label after being turned down by other labels, which eventually led him to go on to greener pastures when signing the same deal with Def Jam records. While Jigga may have forgotten about the no’s that he was told in the early stages of his career, they helped to shape and mold him into the successful businessman that he is now.
I understand the putting your best foot forward mantra and the projection of success, who wants to show the world their shortcomings? And who wouldn’t want to revel in their success while inspiring others with it? But let’s be realistic about it carrying on as if you never came up short while on the road to success, isn’t realistic and has the potential to have negative effects on others. Besides a little humility never hurt anybody.
So in all, it’s impossible to make it through life without some type of failure, the key is to realize that the setback has the potential to setup a future win.
What do you think? Is it possible to make it through life, without some type of adversity? Is all you do is win?
Talk to me, I’ll talk back.