Michael was from a non-athletic family. While in high school, he was not considered tall enough to be a successful basketball player, nor was he hailed as a basketball prodigy. Michael was more than often known as ‘that goofy kid who likes to play basketball’.
The biggest disappointment in Michael’s life came quite early in his life. At 15, though Michael was only 5 feet 10 inches tall, the hard work he had put in and his passion for the game helped him find a place in the JV team at his high school. That year, the varsity team needed a couple more players for the upcoming playoffs. Michael knew that getting into the varsity team meant kick-starting his career possibilities. He was one of the most promising players who tried out to be in the team that season.
Michael knew that he was good at the game and was fairly confident that he would be selected. However, the team was looking for someone taller and hence Michael’s friend, who was a good 6 feet 4 inches tall, was selected instead of him. Michael was more than disappointed.
However, this incident also became the turning point in his career. Instead of wasting his time brooding over his loss, Michael channeled all his frustration towards becoming better at the game.
He has often admitted that whenever he was practicing and got tired and thought he ought to stop, he’d close his eyes and see that list in the locker room without his name on it and that was more than enough to keep him going. He vowed to never let another opportunity slip by and completely devoted himself to becoming one of the best basketball players the world had seen!
Sometimes only failure can help us fathom the magnitude of success.
Life will have disappointments in store. Until we start to accept these disappointments and learn our lessons from them, we will never learn to live.
~ Gitanjali Banerjee