Tuesday, June 19, 2012

I've missed...I've lost...therefore I succeeded!

"I've 'missed' more than 9000 shots in my career.

I've 'lost' almost 300 games.

26 times I've been trusted to make the game winning shot...
and 'missed'.

I failed over and over and over again in my life...
and that is why I succeed!" - Michael Jordan

"If you're not failing, you're not learning!" - Derek Sivers

Because of our perfectionism we don't risk growing more.
We choose safe.
What we know.

I sit here grappling with how many things I 'could have' accomplished.
If only I was willing to 'fail'.

It's amazing how this message I've been hearing for months.  "It's not failure...
everything is just an experiment."  - Matthew Ferry and Derek Silvers.

It's safer to sit back and be an arm chair quarterback...
yelling at the screen on how the player shoulda done it
(you know you do that!!)...
or the call the ref 'shoulda' made...

but get in there and get dirty?


Too much of a risk.

Now others critique us.

We prefer to be judge and jury.


God doesn't call us to a life of safety.

He calls us out.
Out of our hiding place.
Away from comfort.
To go to a place He will 'eventually' show us.
He doesn't hand us the blue print so we can study it and decide.
Use our 'brilliant' human reasoning.


Started in the very beginning.
Genesis 12:1
"Go to the land that 'I will show you'.
(Not the one I already told you about to alleviate all your fears so you can get a safe assessment of whether this is a good decision or not...)

as if you know better than the God of the Universe.

Good luck with that!


  1. http://dorothyruppert.comJune 19, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    This is so true. And, what He shows us in the dark, we must speak in the light.

  2. And look at that.. she quotes Derek Sivers!!!! :-D

    I figure I must be getting AWESOME with all the failure I've logged...

  3. Matthew!! Loved that post from you about Derek...I listened to the whole thing. Good stuff! (And of course you're up at this hour!)

  4. Well said. I love the quotes, they speak of risk-taking. If we never take a risk, we never accomplish something new. WRITE ON!