I was watching a reality music show on television for kids. In my view, the best participant did not do well that day. I felt it was ok. After all, everyone has a bad day and so did this young boy. It was a good lesson to learn. Even the best have a bad day. The only difference between the best and the rest is that they learn and bounce back fast. We as normal mortals take our time to spring back to normal.
If we look back, it is true in every walk of life. The best in the class may not top the class every single time and may slip once in a while. The best in a game of soccer may not score every single time they play the game. The best batsman in cricket may not score a century every time she or he walks into a match. So, it is in life. We may not have the best of time, all the time. This does not mean, we do not give our best and put our best foot forward all the time.
The best sportsman always put in their best effort. They are not rattled even if they don’t win a game or score a goal in a match. They are willing to realise their mistakes and learn from them. On the other hand, many of us tend to give up even before the game is over. It is like the spectators in a match. If their favourite team does badly in the first half, many of them leave the ground even before the match is over. On the other hand, the playersdo not give up till the last whistle is blown.
I have seen in real life that champions never give up. Whether it is in academics, sports or even at work, the best never rest. They may fail once in a while. After all, they are also human like all of us. But their resilience is worth emulating. They spring back many a time even before the match is over. That is why many a time it is said in sports that form may be temporary but class is permanent.
Let us try to understand this from the prism of work. The best performers may fail in a project. But they are keen to learn from their mistakes and then excel in their very next project. Many of us tend to get depressed and down and out after we fail in an assignment. It takes courage to accept defeat and learn from it. It is better to learn gracefully from defeat than to jump in arrogance after a victory.
It is interesting to note that failures teach you better lessons than success. It is up to us to look back and reflect on our failures with an intent to learn from it. We want to bury the past and race towards the future. The lessons of the past may help us lay the foundation for the future. It is up to us to learn from it and assimilate them in our life. If we do not learn from our past mistakes, the future errors may be graver and harder to correct.
Life gives us enough chances to err and learn. It is up to us to realise that it is fine to fail once a while and learn from it. In today’s competitive world, many of us including our parents, family and friends find it difficult to encourage us to experiment and fail. The best leaders give you the space to try out new things. They are not worrried about failure as they realise thatthese are the stepping stones to success.
As in the photo above, the best sculptors possibly fail a few times before they produce a thing of beauty for all of us to admire.
Let us look back to move forward.
S Ramesh Shankar