Life J.Z


I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan


No matter who you are or what you do in the world, failure is something that is bound to run into you over and over again in your life. It is part of being human. A lot of people talk big game and act like they are the best at everything, but behind all of that arrogance is a person who just like anyone else on this planet has faced adversity and failure over and over in his or her life, and will continue to do so until the day they die. The problem with the world today is the matter of fact that teachers teach us what is right and wrong. Our parents teach us what is right and wrong. A lot of the time the people around us are telling us what to do, who to be, and how to live our lives. For example, let’s say one generation of people are raised a certain way, that does not mean that they should teach the next generation the same thing. A doctor could tell their son that he has to be a doctor too, and it would be wrong to do otherwise. To me that is bull. A person should be able to fail over and over again in their life, trying to find who they are. Rather than listening to someone else’s opinion on what they should and should not do with their lives.

The definition of failure is “The lack of success”. That is it, it is not the end of the world, it is not a catastrophe, it just means that you are not doing something a certain way. It is your choice if you would like to change that. A lot of people are okay with failure depending on the circumstance, which is fine. Steve Jobs had a C average GPA in high school, and now he is considered a revolutionist. Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team his freshman year, and now he is considered the greatest basketball player of all time. Failure does not define a person, it is how they respond to adversity which brings out their true colors. I would disagree with anyone who says they have never failed, but if that is true, you must not be human! These mistakes we make, we learn from. That is what defines who we are.

The truth is the obvious statement that not everyone is perfect. When a person faces a hardship or a challenge in life, it is simply a test that the world gives us on a daily basis. How you deal with it, or how you respond to this challenge, is up to you. Life can throw a lot at you all at once, but how you come out of it shows whether you care or not. My advice would be to try the best you can over and over, until you get it right, or find a better path for yourself if whatever it is doesn’t work out. The matter of the situation all depends on what you put into it. I could tell everyone in the world that I am going to be a millionaire, it wouldn’t make any difference. It depends on if you actually do something about it. And on the way to a goal that you are trying to reach, I promise that you will fail and make mistakes on the way. But that only makes you better at it.


Writer’s Memo


Typing this paper was not difficult. The weekly draft format is like last semester, but we have a lot more time to type and prepare every piece which is helpful. The only thing I need is some feedback on the advice I gave, and maybe how I formatted the paper. I wrote it in a 3 paragraph format, as a normal essay. It is not the longest but it gets to the point. I have never written a quote at the beginning like I did of this, so let me know how that impacted it. This essay may seem a bit “preachy” but that is also sort of the point of it.


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