Dak Prescott has been the shock of the football season. At the age of 23 starting as a third quarterback behind Tony Romo, he took the Cowboys to the playoffs. Thirty-two teams passed on him during the draft. Yet, he won rookie of the year which he shared with Ezekiel Elliott. This is a common thread that runs through interviews with Dak. Every question asked, he gives credit to everyone else on the field — even the teams that passed on him. Recently when asked about the loss in the playoff game Dak said, “The loss served me better than a win would have.”
When is failure better than success? Failure is better when it drives you to be more. Failure serves it’s purpose when it causes you to dig a little deeper. Failure becomes something to build on when it leaves you with a longing.
There is just no reason to avoid failure. Failure is life’s greatest teacher. Success magazine recently printed this statement, “The prevailing school of thought in progressive companies — such as Intuit, General Electric, Corning and Virgin Atlantic — is that great success depends on great risk and failure is simply a common byproduct.” To achieve your personal best, to push beyond the limits, you can’t fear failure. Failure is just a necessary step in success.
I read about a father who asked his children every night at supper where they had failed that day. Then he proceeded to give them each a high five. Sure, they understood the value of hard work and doing your best but he was also teaching them failure was a necessary part of life and not to be afraid of it. Failed experiments give us new knowledge. Constant, tireless practice that keeps yielding failure gives us experience. Even beyond that, failure teaches us resilience. Resilience will serve us for a lifetime.
Failure -- try it today!