• Jason

Finding Success

Updated: Jul 22, 2020

There are lots of people out there want to knock us down and tell us that what we are doing isn't working. They want to tell us we failed and that we shouldn't even be trying. I'm not sure if any of you have ever had a boss that seemed to enjoy it when you failed, but I have. It was always so weird for two years having someone that touted this fraudulent Jon Gordon-ism positivity, but at the same time highlighting only the negative things about yourself. Some people don't like the word "failure" because it's "too negative" but why does failure have to be negative? Failure should bring to the light the things you need to do to improve, but also gives you the opportunity to highlight some of the things you did well while being honest. After losing 25-9 telling your team they "Did a great job!" is just a flat out lie and I prefer to be real and honest, sorry. After finishing 4th and 3rd (beating the 2nd place team) in conference my last two seasons he enjoyed pointing at my W-L record, which I will admit wasn't great. It's hard to come back from starting a season 0-15, but when 50% of those teams make the NCAA tournament and you finish 4th in conference, I'd say you should be able to find a lot of success there. I got asked a lot after that season what I did different and how I turned things around. I would just shrug my shoulders and say "nothing, really"; we just kept focusing on what we were doing well and tried to improve in our deficiencies. It's not really about being positive or negative, in my opinion, but it's about trying to get better, creating some grit and pulling out all of the small successes that will lead to bigger and better successes. That's what I was reminded of this week on one of my runs.

My running coach was telling me that I needed to find success in as many places as possible: