One thing I’ve noticed throughout my career as a tennis coach and NCAA athlete is how quickly failure can affect people. Many times I’ve seen people miss a shot or make one mistake and let it bother them the rest of the game. Or, when they try a new strategy, they give up on it after only a few tries. In sports and in life, there are so many random variables outside of your control that failure is bound to happen. Part of being human is being imperfect. Failure is unavoidable, however letting your mistakes affect future performances holds you back from potential successes.
My favourite basketball record is Steve Kerr’s for the highest career NBA 3-point percentage, at 45%. In other words, the most accurate 3-point shooter in history has statistically failed more than half the time. People don’t realize how often successful people fail. Even Stephen Curry, who is currently having the greatest 3-point season ever witnessed is missing 54% of the time he takes a 3-point shot. The difference between successful people and ordinary people isn’t that successful people never fail, it’s that they actually encourage failure! Instead of letting failure bring them down, successful people use it as a learning opportunity to improve and continue honing their craft. Many tasks in life are difficult, but just because you fail once doesn’t mean you should stop trying. So next time you make a mistake just shake it off, and keep on shooting those 3’s.