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To Succeed You Must Fail

blazintallmansmThe following excerpt is from the PROLOGUE of Bill Walsh’s The Score Takes Care of Itself, My Philosophy of Leadership:

Almost always, your road to victory goes through a place called “failure”…

There is no guarantee, no ultimate formula for success…

However, a resolute and resourceful leader understands that there are a multitude of means to increase the probability of success.  And that’s what it all comes down to, namely, intelligently and relentlessly seeking solutions that will increase your chance of prevailing in a competitive environment.  When you do that, the score will take care of itself…

Pursuing your ambitions, especially those of any magnitude, can be grueling and hazardous, and produce agonizing failure along the way, but achieving those goals is among life’s most gratifying and thrilling experiences.  The ability to survive and overcome the former to attain the latter is a fundamental difference between winners and losers.

I’ve observed that if individuals who prevail in a highly competitive environment have any one thing in common besides success, it is a failure-and their ability to overcome it.  “Crash and burn” is part of it; so are recovery and reward…

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