Does Failure Guarantee Success?

By now, you’ve probably heard it said a thousand times:

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. ~Michael Jordan

failure - michael jordan

While I have great respect for Michael Jordan (he is my favorite basketball player of all time), I must point out the error of blindly believing this quote at face value.

Does failure alone guarantee success?

Surely not, many people have failed multiple times and still haven’t eventually found success.

Does failure guarantee that we will become wiser?

I will answer this question with a question: How many times have you failed at something only to find yourself repeating that failure again on a later date?

So we can logically deduce that failure alone does not guarantee or prepare us for success with great wisdom.

So the question boils down to this: What does guarantee wisdom and success out of failure?


It sounds so simple, but it’s so true. It is a core truth. Attitude will keep you learning, growing, and moving forward no matter what the challenges. Attitude is what makes champions. It was Michael Jordan’s attitude that kept him moving forward until he won multiple championships, not the failures

Resolve today that you will be a champion by taking on a champion’s attitude.

Failures are stepping stones to the next level in your life. If you learn from them, they are no longer failures, but opportunities to grow. ~Jack Davis

I could write so much more about this, but decided to keep it short for you today. If you have questions or comments, be sure to add them below!


The Behavior Leaders Fail at Most

The Behavior Leaders Fail at Most.

Intentions - Behaviors

The research of Kouzes and Posner indicates that seeking feedback is the behavior leaders fail at the most.*

Useful feedback enables you to compare self-perception with the perception of others. Experience shows that the gap is often surprising and uncomfortable.

Read more…


Do you have a vision?
Are you working your vision?


Chuck E. Tate


And then God answered: “Write this.
Write what you see.
Write it out in big block letters
so that it can be read on the run.
This vision-message is a witness
pointing to what’s coming.
It aches for the coming—it can hardly wait!
And it doesn’t lie.
If it seems slow in coming, wait.
It’s on its way. It will come right on time.
~Habakkuk 2:2-3 (MSG)

1. Identify Your Vision

2. Write Down Your Vision

3. Run With Your Vision

4. Don’t Quit

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What is Leadership?

Hello there my faithful readers! So glad that you follow my blog. I appreciate you taking the time from your often busy schedule to read my (sometimes rambling) posts. 🙂

Today my thoughts are dwelling on this:

There are so many voices on the landscape today who say what they believe leadership is. After a while, it gets to be as if we are listening to the same thing being said over and over again…

Does that get boring or annoying to you? It does for me sometimes.

So with that in mind, I would like to ask you a question today:

What do you think leadership is?

I’d love to hear your feedback / ideas.

Here are some tidbits for thought:

leader - vision conviction inspriation




I use the tag line “Compelling. Inspirational. Visionary.” Why do you think I use that for a tag line?

I will respond to all with my own thoughts.


Happy commenting! 🙂