One of the greatest examples of perseverance and endurance today is in athletes. They represent in most cases, people who are willing to do whatever it takes to reach their goal. People who fight till there last breath. We admire them for their grit, their ability to tell themselves no, and I’m here thinking I have trouble getting out of bed in the morning. Something I love about athletes is just how much they practice. You would think your body would have gotten it by the 1000th time but still they push, they grow, and they learn. When they fall, they get up and do it all over again, day after day, year after year, they push till they know they have nothing left to give.

I’m not an athlete, both by definition and life style, but I believe there is growth with each fall. Much like an athlete, it teaches you something about you. Maybe your technique is wrong, maybe it’s your attitude, maybe you need more rest or more practice, whatever it is there is a lesson to learn. I believe its ok to fall as long as you are willing to get up. This is what turns failure to victory and disappointments to success.

It may feel ok, even noble sometimes to wallow in your mistakes. Making more of them than they need to be, but in the end, how quick you bounce back and get back on the race is more important. It’s not about the act of falling that is important, but how much grit you have to get up, dust yourself of and do it all over again, that is what defines your character.

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