Goals: Embrace Failure

“I’ve missed over 9,000 shots in my career and lost almost 300 games. 26 times I was trusted to take the game winning shot and missed.

“I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. That is why I succeed”


Michael Jordan is one of the most successful sports people of all time.  What I like about this statement is his mindset around failure and his accountability in terms of being willing to fail.  I will touch on organisational approaches to failure in a future blog series on how organisational design and effectiveness and goals and how sometimes reframing, hiding and blame is encouraged over learning, ambition and calculated risk taking.


Failing give you tremendous opportunity to grow and this growth mindset is a critical key to success.  I do not believe perfection exists so we can always learn.  Be like Michael and succeed by failing over and over and over again.


There is a caveat with failure and that is to be accountable.  If you fail but were accountable whilst in the goal was in progress I would argue you have not failed.  At the very least you have great feedback and an opportunity to learn and grow.  This is one of the presuppositions of NLP:


There is no failure, only feedback