Nick Foles, an NFL quarterback, was not having much of a career. In fact, he was contemplating quitting. Less than three years ago he was traded by the Eagles — they didn’t want him. He had a mediocre season with the Cardinals and asked to be released from his contract. They gladly obliged. Then played in Kansas City for a short season, and returned to the Philadelphia Eagles as a back up quarterback. A backup quarterback is only needed when the quarterback gets hurt, but he never does. Not much success or glory there.
When the Eagles bright, young starting quarterback injured his knee, Foles walked on the field. Having been cut from this team less than three years earlier, not experiencing any real success anywhere else, and contemplating leaving his NFL career, Foles walks onto the field. Who’s feeling good about this?
There is no reason any of us would believe this is going to end well. And yet, Foles carries his team to the Super Bowl, wins it, and becomes the Most Valuable Player of the game. In an interview with NBC Sport, Foles says,
I think the big thing is don’t be afraid to fail. Failure is a part of life. It’s a part of building character and growing. Without failure, who would you be? I wouldn’t be up here if I hadn’t fallen thousands of times. Made mistakes.
He got back up.
He worked hard.
He was only ready when the opportunity came because failure had forced him to practice often, forged tenacity, and enlarged his capacity.
“If something’s going on in your life and you’re struggling? Embrace it. Because you’re growing.” ~ Nick Foles