Winners makes the most mistakes. The doer makes mistakes. Coach Lambert taught me that mistakes come from doing, but so does success.
The individual who is mistake-free is also probably sitting around doing nothing. And that’s a very big mistake.
The “coach Lambert” mentioned in this quote is Piggy Lambert, who coached at Purdue when John Wooden was a player there.
It is best not to drink too deeply from a cup full of fame. It can be very intoxicating, and intoxicated people often do foolish things.
Back when I was a TV sportscaster in small town Idaho, the local kids would occasionally come up to me and ask for an autograph when I was out covering some event. I politely declined to sign anything for them, telling them that I wasn’t famous and my autograph would never be worth anything. When I told this story not long ago to a couple friends, they said I was being a jerk. I don’t think so; I was just being realistic about fame and trying not to get intoxicated by the kids’ attention.
Last October at a U2 academic conference, I was asked to sign about 10 copies of my book. My wife told me in advance that I wasn’t allowed to say “no” to those requests. She was right – it would’ve been really bad form to do that. And I have to confess that I got a bit drunk on the attention. Thankfully, that was a short trip and coming back home put me right back where I belonged!
If we magnified blessings as much as we magnify disappointments, we would all be much happier.
Tomorrow on this blog, I’m going to post about a very intense and recent disappointment we’ve faced at Casa McGee. So this quote is especially relevant tonight. My mom’s most oft-repeated quote to me as a child was, “Count your blessings.” That’s what I’m doing. Life’s too short and too good to dwell on negatives and disappointments.
You can make mistakes, but you aren’t a failure until you start blaming others for those mistakes.
No excuses. I used to struggle with this many, many years ago — especially when I worked in TV/radio sports. It was never my fault when a newscast or radio show went south, or when we missed a big story, or when the ratings weren’t very good. But that, of course, wasn’t true. I think I’m better now at not making excuses and blaming others. It doesn’t accomplish anything.