Failing, Falling, Funning…
I finished the book “Making Mavericks” today, before hiking up Pillar Point with Angie and watching a couple of surfers take on Mavericks on an extremely calm day.
Frosty Hesson’s memoir of the early days of surfing the massive winter waves of Mavericks is truly inspirational. Not just because of the accomplishments, but because of the thinking behind the accomplishments:
“The best athlete on the court, on the field, or in the water is the person who’s having the most fun. You’re going to fail sometimes, everybody does. As a surfer, I fall off my board all the time – I’m trying things. A lot of people say, “Oh, he’s not very good. Look at him, he fails.” Well, we all learn more by falling than by succeeding. So, stop learning and you won’t fall anymore. But if you want to keep growing, you have to keep experimenting and falling down.”
– Frosty Hesson, Making Mavericks
Fun. Falling. Failing.
Not three words that most of us would put together…
But these are three words I consider almost synonymous.
Maybe that’s why I’m strange. But I can’t help it.
Ask anyone who’s known me for long and they’ll tell you that ‘fun’, ‘falling’, and ‘failing’ are three of my trademarks.
Well, not so much on the ‘failing’ part. I’m only willing to ‘fail’ as a path to ‘success’. As Frosty says, “We all learn more by falling than by succeeding.”
SMART as Hell Exercise:
- List: the number of times you’ve failed this year.
- Reflect: what you’ve learned from your failures.
- Identify: how your failures will lead to success.
- Act: on what you’ve learned.
Post your comments, reflections, and questions below.