Lesson 13: Failure = Victory

As I am sitting in my living room watching the Florida Gators “upset” the South Carolina Gamecocks I cant stop thinking about failure. The Gators have had a horrible football season this year. Riddled with injuries, inexperienced players, and a young coaching staff, Florida has lost 4 in a row, including a loss to Vandy. If you follow college football at all, you would agree that if there was one word to describe Florida’s season it would be “failure”.

But something wild is happening… Florida is up 14-6 over South Carolina. With the fourth loss in a row coming to Vandy during homecoming weekend, Florida fans, the media, and everyone else had given up on the Gators. It was that moment when the Gators regained their confidence. They walked into Columbia tonight with no expectations, nothing but the love of the game on their shoulders. and that is exactly what is driving them to victory this evening.

When failure becomes our reality we are empowered to work, love, live, play without fear of criticism. The next time you walk into a meeting or start a project with the weight of fear on your shoulders trade it for failure. After all, who doesn’t like to see the underdog win? So drop the expectations, play for the love of the game, and start realizing true victory lies in the embrace of failure.

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