Have you ever given up?

My last piece on here was about failing or more specifically how realistic it is to expect to succeed. Today, we'll take a different look at failure.

Sometimes we take failing hard. Not just hard enough to have us feel down about our performance. Sometimes we take failing so hard, we just stop. We cease to do the very activity that bought us joy just because it hurts us to even risk getting it 'wrong' again.

I've given up. You probably have too.


Just a few weeks ago while working in Chicago I was fortunate enough to catch a Chicago Bulls game. Being my first time at the United Center, I had a good touristy look around.

During my wander of the arena before the game, I came across the Bulls trophy cabinet. I was surprised to find out that the Bulls, known worldwide, had only won six Championships in their history. All during Michael Jordan's tenure.

Jordan was a remarkable player. Of all the stories I could tell you about him, one of the most pivotal happened before his career began.

Jordan was dropped from his high school team. The day he got the news, he apparently went home and cried for most of the remainder of the day.

A crushed teen could have easily given up at that point. That day, that teen didn't.

He went on to vow to be the best player on any court that he played on from that time on. He even enlisted the help of the team coach to do extra sessions outside of school to help this become a reality.

The rest is sporting history.

Now, many people have failures like this and like Jordan, don't give up but don't go on to be successful like him or to the level they want to. Not giving up doesn't guarantee success. But I can pass on one guarantee:

Giving up guarantees failure.

To be great, you have to put yourself on the line a hell of a lot. And keep doing so even after failures. Even if you just want to be good - or better than you are now this is true. 

Everything you do is an opportunity to fail. More importantly, it is an opportunity to improve. Improving is the only way to fairly increase your odds of success.


I think Jordan sums it up beautifully in the advert I've attached for you to watch.

How can you apply this to your development in your sport?



Arton "Keep failing" Baleci


P.S. if you want to learn how to fail better, check out my upcoming event here.