Why Failure Is a Better Teacher Than Success

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At some point in life everyone has experienced success, but how often do you succeed on your first attempt? It is everyone’s dream to be successful, but this success is very rarely given to anyone, everyone has hurdles to get over and their own set of trials and tribulations. What is really important in life are the lessons learned from these events, teaching you more about yourself and the task in which you are attempting to be successful in, and there is no better teacher than failure. Like everyone else, failure has played a large part in my learning process. Teaching me a lot about myself, and also teaching me how to make myself better. One of the main areas I have used my failures to better myself has been in my athletic career, weather it is boxing, racing, or basketball, failure has been a constant motivator in my ultimate goal, which is to be successful, and the absolute best I can possibly be. Since birth athletics have been a major part of my life. Taking up almost all of my free time away from school, and work. Spending my first term of the 2008-2009 school year as a member of the Iowa State Men’s Basketball Practice Squad as a walk on, but with all of my back breaking work, which lead to that point, I would never have gotten this opportunity without, at some point, dealing with failures. Failures in Basketball were frequent, dealing with new lessons learned from these events on a daily basis. This learning process all began in the early stages of elementary school, where I began my first season playing for Wildwood Elementary here in Ottumwa. During this first season I cost my team many of our first games, because of my extremely selfish play, refusing to use the team that had been put on the court with me. Within the first month I was pulled out of the starting lineup, and spent much of my next few weeks with limited playing time, but continuously improving my passing abilities, and frequency. At the time of this lesson, I didn’t fully understand...
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