February 7, 2017

Why does victory feel so good? 

Is it the feeling of accomplishment?

Is it the feeling of reward from the culmination of a lot of hard work? 

It’s all this...and more.


The reason victory and success feels so good is a result of the pain and agony that was endured along the way. 

After all, we can’t fully appreciate sunshine without knowing what darkness feels like.  We don’t fully come to know what love and companionship feel like, until we know what loneliness feels like.

In this article, we’re going to drill deep into failure and adversity.  I’m going to lay out a narrative that will help you to appreciate it.  As strange as this might sound, I’m going to show you how failure and adversity can be embraced and celebrated in life. Specifically, how adversity can be your friend!

In his book, “The 15 Invaluable Laws of Success”, leadership author John C. Maxwell claims that failure and adversity are key ingredients to growth and success.  In fact, he authored another book that is entirely about failure.  I love the title, “Sometimes you Win--Sometimes you Learn”.  It’s a play on an old saying, sometimes you win--sometimes you lose.  However, if we adopt the proper attitude regarding failure, we never really lose. Learning from adversity is the only way to turn failure into a positive. Think of it this way, when we lose but also learn during the process, our attitude should be that we lost the battle, but we’re stronger and more equipped to win the war!


This sounds great but it’s hardly easy. It takes a specific skill set to be able to do that, one that needs to be taught to developing athletes.  Here are the Four KEY ingredients to knowing how to grow from failure or adversity.