There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” – General Colin Powell
He broke his ankle in high school causing him to be cut from the basketball team. Many would have given up. He did not. He could not play, but continued to practice shooting day in and day out. By the end of the season he begged the coach to let him play. By his senior year he excelled at basketball. He went on to a large university to play ball but dropped out in less than a month because he was overwhelmed by the complexity of the large institution. He had been a small town boy.
Many would have given up. He did not; he enrolled in a small college and played basketball for them. He dropped out again and drove a garbage truck. In his off time he played basketball for an amateur league. Many would not have tried further.
Then he was recruited to play for a major university and found a good fit with the school and the athletic program. He excelled once again. He had to sit out his first season but did not get discouraged – he continued to improve his game. The Boston Celtics offered him a job before he graduated but he turned that down to finish school. He went on to earn Player of the Year awards from the Associated Press, United Press International and the National Association of Coaches. He was again offered a contract to play for the Celtics and accepted. The Celtics went on to win championships with him on the team in 1981, 1984 and 1986. After playing for 13 years he retired and became a coach.
He never gave up. In 1996 Larry Bird was listed as one of the fifty greatest players in NBA history and was inducted in the NBA Hall of Fame in 1998.
As General Powell observes, preparation, hard work and learning from failure through persistence is the real key to success.
Daniel R. Murphy
Daniel R. Murphy
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