Watching the winners and the losers at the Olympics made me think. We see the end product of many many hours of hard work, graft and endeavour. We see the glorious shots of successful athletes, rowers, gymnasts, swimmers etc.,  as they bask in their glory in the midst of thousands of cheering spectators and in the eyes of millions and millions across the globe.

We do not know about the many miles of road work, the hours in the gym, the getting up at five thirty in the morning to do numerous repetitive laps of a swimming pool in front of maybe one or two coaches. We sometimes hear about this from the sportsmen themselves. They tell us how much they owe to their parents, their family, their friends and of course their coaches. They sometimes tell us about a key factor to their success.. namely, failure.

Without the ability to fail and learn from failure we cannot succeed. I doubt if there has been one sportsman in the Olympics that has not fallen, under-performed or made a tactical mistake in an important moment in their career.

Just as it is with the sportsmen it is with everyone. I noticed the following photo on a post of one of my Facebook friends:



I think that the idea that persistence is essential to making any idea (or aim) a success is correct. In reality though, I believe that it goes something like this:

Idea (or aim) ……. try and probably fail…. try again…. and again…… learn from your mistakes…… take advice…….. be flexible enough to admit that you are not the finished article and can improve……. if everything comes together (and a lot can and will go wrong)…. SUCCESS.

You have then achieved something and maybe it is something that will get you in the record books or even down in history (we cannot all be Usain Bolt! ).

If you have been trying and are hitting the proverbial brick wall, don’t give up, because it may be that you are still inside my revised “route to success”. Admit that you may be wrong, take advice and be prepared to rethink what and who you are… you may surprise yourself and achieve the success that has eluded you so far.

About malbell

I am a retired Teaching and Learning Consultant. Previously I was a Primary school headteacher and deputy headteacher. I enjoy reading, doing MOOCs and learning new things.
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