Has there ever been a moment in your life where a negative outcome actually turned out to be the best thing to ever happen to you? Were you able to grow and improve upon this so-called “failure” or defeat that occurred in your life? How did you handle it at first? Did you let it define who you were, or did you use it as a catalyst towards something greater? I am sure we have all been faced with these types of situations in our lives, some more than others. But these are not rare occurrences in life because failures are all around us, failures are apart of life, they are what make us humans. As Alexander Pope so eloquently put, “To err is human; to forgive, divine.” Don’t let these negative consequences define your entire existence. Of course there will be trials and tribulations we face that may bring us down for a moment, but try not to dwell on them entirely. Because if you go through this life without failing a few times, then are you really living? Find the positives within these negatives to better yourself and those around you. Being a basketball player, I have suffered many losses in my career. My greatest accomplishments aren’t the times when I played great or where I won, they are those moments in which things were not going my way, and I responded with a positive attitude. A real testament to a person is their character when the chips are down. It’s always easy to be happy and positive when things are going your way. Remember this as you go about facing your next challenge.
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