Leadership Inspirations – One Must Be Willing to Fail in Order to Succeed

Some of life’s greatest lessons come through failure… and greatness is often born in the rising from the ashes.

Everyone experiences personal and professional disappointments and setbacks. Those taking the time to critically and objectively examine and learn from their mistakes, applying those learnings to future endeavors, will inevitably be more successful. This truth is embodied by those from all walks of life who in their respective fields have achieved great success.

“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”

Albert Einstein

Awarded the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics, named Time’s Man of the Century in 1999, and best known for his conception of the theories of special and general relativity

“You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.”

Wayne Gretzky

National Hockey League Hall of Famer and winner of:

  • four Stanley Cup Championships
  • nine Hart Trophies as the most valuable player
  • ten Art Ross Trophies for most points in a season
  • five Lady Byng Trophies for sportsmanship and performance
  • five Lester B. Pearson Awards and
  • and two Conn Smythe Trophies as playoff MVP

Michael Jordan

National Basketball Association Hall of Famer, winner of:

  • 6 NBA Championships
  • Rookie of the Year
  • 5 NBA MVP Awards
  • 6 NBA Finals MVP Awards
  • 10 All-NBA First Team
  • 9 NBA All-Defensive First Team
  • Defensive Player of the Year
  • 14 NBA All-Star Awards
  • 3 NBA All-Star MVP Awards
  • 50th Anniversary All-Time Team
  • 10 scoring titles — an NBA record and seven consecutive matching Wilt Chamberlain
  • Retired with the NBA’s highest scoring average of 30.1ppg
  • and

  • whose NBA website biography reads: “By acclamation, Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time.

StrategyDriven would like to extend a special thank you to Kelly Sonora, who introduced us to Online College’s ( article 100 Incredibly Inspiring Videos for Leaders from which we found the above Michael Jordan video by Nike.

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Mitchell Caplan
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Mike Ditka

NFL Player and Head Coach and one of only two men to have won the Super Bowl as both a player and a head coach

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“The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.”

Donald Kendall

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