Does Failure Guarantee Success?

If you’ve seen this Michael Jordan quote before. It’s possible that by now, you’ve probably read it or heard it said a hundred or more 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

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?

Are you ready for this?


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!

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