The thing about Winning

Ten years ago I was a first year business owner- a cheer gym owner – and coach of a team that had a very losing season.

They didn’t just lose, they came in LAST every single competition we went to… Like dead last. But finally, at the VERY last event of the entire season, they got their first and only win. And here’s the thing- at the time, I really thought that win was what made me (and them) successful.

Ten years later, what I know for sure is this: the win was never the success. The success was the people that stuck by my side loss after loss. It’s easy to stand next to someone when they cross the finish line, but what you want is the people who cheer you on when you lag behind in the race. ✨

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Fail at Failure

Fail at failure

If there’s one thing we should all be okay with failing at, it’s failure.

The problem is, we are all so consumed with never failing that we’re taking less risks and trying less new things. We’re becoming a society that’s set in our ways, by the books, and convinced that our version of success has to look like everyone elses.

It doesn’t. We’re failing ourselves by becoming stagnant. We’re failing ourselves by doing the same mundane tasks over and over. We’re failing ourselves when we avoid trying anything new. We’re failing because we choose the path we’ve already traveled over and over instead of adventuring somewhere new.

Here are Seven Motivational quotes to keep you moving forward- and to help remind you that the only real failure lies in never trying.

“The fears we don’t face become our limits.”

“Giving up on your goal because of one setback is like slashing your other three tires because you got one flat.”

“Success teaches you nothing, but failure teaches you resiliance.”

“Doubt kills more dreams that failure ever will.”

“Failure is not the oppostite of success, failure is a part of success.”

“Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiam.”

“Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all of the facts.”

“Your speed doesn’t matter, forward is forward.”

“The only reason people are trying to extinguish your fire is because they can’t light a match to start their own.”

“Remember, even if you fall, you’re still moving forward.”

Pure perseverance

“I’m convinced that about half of what separates successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.”

“Everyone says they go the extra mile. Almost no one actually does. Most people who do go there think, “Wait…no one else is here…why am I doing this?” And they leave, never to return.

That’s why the extra mile is such a lonely place. That’s also why the extra mile is a place filled with opportunities.

Be early. Stay late. Make the extra phone call. Send the extra email. Do the extra research. Help a customer unload or unpack a shipment.

Don’t wait to be asked—offer. Don’t just tell employees what to do—show them what to do, and work beside them.

Every time you do something, think of one extra thing you can do, especially if other people aren’t doing that extra thing. Sure, it’s hard. But that’s what will make you different. And over time, that’s what will make you incredibly successful.”

One of my favorite quotes and pieces of advice from Steve Jobs