As we head into the final Shabbat of our summer here at 6 Points Sports Academy, I can’t help but to reflect on all of the positive things we were able to accomplish during our three sessions here in Greensboro, North Carolina. We learned, we laughed, we played, and we grew – both as Jewish athletes and as people.
One lesson that I think everyone at camp learned this summer is that we can achieve anything if we put our minds to it. Even failure can lead to success.
Failure is not a final result – if taken with the correct attitude, it is an obstacle that can be overcome and can make one stronger in the end. Some of the world’s most successful people faced major failures within their lifetime, yet they never took no for an answer and kept on trying to succeed. For example, Michael Jordan didn’t make his high school varsity basketball team. Imagine if Michael had given up then – we would have never known the greatest basketball player of all time. Steve Jobs, Oprah Winfrey, Walt Disney – and even Lebron James have shown us that the ability to overcome failure is more important and can have a greater impact than the actual act of failing itself.
Sometimes failure can be a good thing – it shows us what we believe is worth fighting for and can give us the motivation we need to give our best at all times. If everything in life was easy, we wouldn’t know the sweetness of succeeding after long hours of putting in effort and working towards a goal.
Although our summer is coming to a close, the lessons we’ve learned at 6 Points can be taken and applied to all areas of our lives – not just inside the green gates of camp. Throughout the year we hope to hear about your successes, many of which are likely to come from not giving up when things get tough.
Work hard and embrace growth opportunities – such as failure. Don’t let obstacles stand in your way of achieving great things. Instead of letting failures and tough times get you down, remember that they are opportunities for growth and can lead you to meaningful successes.