Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Friend of faliure

Sometimes you have to feel like this (photo by Darryl Schaffer)

In order to feel like this (photo from TrailRunner Magazine)

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 (Thanks to Jen Pattee for posting that quote recently)

I for one, have come to a place in my life where I am a friend of failure. I do not seek out only things I know I can succeed at, I risk failure in my endeavors, I try to do thing I am not certain I can do. And when the time comes that I fail to achieve a goal, a dream or a benchmark I had sought, I feel it all, mourn the failing and then strip it all away and find the lesson. I even fail in executing that process every time or perfectly, but I am trying. 

I am learning and growing- the biggest achievement in ceasing to beat myself up over my failings. I am imperfect, so what?!? Instead of seeing that as a bad thing, I have been learning to see it as an opportunity. More opportunity to grow, more opportunity to continue to seek, push and explore? Yes please.

Life is a journey, not a destination and I am certain that I have failed to take the "right" turn many a time on my path. But what I have learned is that even failing to make the right choice, the right turn or getting yourself completely lost is only a failure if you refuse to learn the lessons along the way. You can always work your way back to where you want to be, you can always be found. 


  1. Never regret anything since our experiences make us who we are. We can either choose to wish things away or learn and improve. Failure's just the annoying, but essential, part of that.

  2. Awesome post! I absolutely loved it. Thank you very much for sharing.

  3. GREAT post Devon. It is so true that without our failures, the victories would soon mean very little to us. How tragic that would be.

  4. Good post, Devon...I do not envy at all those of you who are in the spotlight all the time. Those of you who "have" to perform, all the time!
    We mid to back packers, can hide and enjoy ;-) In my days as a runner, I have learned tons.
    Steve(2 for 8 at Hardrock)

  5. Yes! For certain.

    As a side note, the second pic of you in the Salomon kit. At first glance it looks like you're wearing a unitard of unusual structure. It made me giggle. But it's an awesome shot for the emotion!

  6. Lurker on the blog. Love this post. Success through failure has become a mantra of mine. Fail on sister.

    And with it - grow.

  7. Some times a person has to repeat a lesson, over and over, before they learn. It doesn't hurt to stipulate the lesson learned for posterity. Great post!

  8. I ((heart)) all your posts. But this one really takes the (gluten-free!) cake! I know so many people who could learn a thing or two from this. Thank you for always being candid and honest!

  9. Thanks for the reminder that failure is we react to our failure makes us who we are. Personally, I think those who have failed, learn from it, and keep pushing towards their dream or goal are much more interesting than those who never try for fear of failure!

  10. Devon,
    This is a great outline. I ran the JFK 50 this year and had severve dehydration issues 18 miles into the run. But I pressed on and finished.I know I left alot of time on the course but I cant keep beating myself up over it the past week. Ive learned from my failures in the past, and this I know will benifit me in the future. Ray W.


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