“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
That quote from Michael Jordan is probably not new to you; but it is something to always keep at the front of your mind, if you have a real desire to live in your Joyful Genius.
You see, far too many highly talented people spend their lives waiting until they have their craft down perfect, before they are willing to risk putting it on show. Jordan’s quote shows how this is a mistake – because it is only by being willing to fail, to get it wrong from time to time, that you can learn what works and what doesn’t.
When you are willing to receive the criticism that comes from those inevitable failures, that’s when you can grow as an individual, and as a service provider, and get even better at what you do well. Michael Jordan only got the chance to miss those 9000 shots because he was willing to attempt them. Similarly, you only get the chance to do the work you were put on the planet to do if you are willing to give it a go.
And that’s how your talent develops and grows, and eventually becomes your Joyful Genius.