“I don’t measure a man’s success by how high he climbs, but how high he bounces when he hits bottom.” – General George S. Patton
When I was a child, I played a video game for the Nintendo called “Mighty Bomb Jack.” To beat this game (which I’m still not sure I ever did), I had to guide Jack through a series of levels eluding various obstacles and enemies all while listening to some interesting theme music. Essentially, Jack would have to climb to the top of the mountain (translation: level) and exit through a door to the next room, eventually saving the royal Pamera family. (Not entirely relevant, but now you know!) Inevitably, Jack would miss a jump and fall all the way to the bottom sometimes. As a 7 or 8 year old kid, it was really frustrating when Jack fell. (Note: Back then, it was always Jack that fell, not me causing him to mess up. More on this at a later date.)
What I did not realize then that I do now is that Jack was teaching me an important lesson. When you fall (translation: fail), don’t get mad and walk away (although I’m sure I did that more than my fair share of times). Instead, I learned a valuable lesson about living life.
We are going to fail. There is no getting around that. But here’s what’s most important: How do we handle that failure? What is our response?
My recommendation is simple: Dust yourself off. Figure out why you fell. Seek to climb higher the next time. Just like Jack.
Bring your best today!