Fabio Wibmer released a Best of 2018 on his YouTube channel a few days ago to see in the New Year. For me, the impressive bit of this clip collection isn’t the endless, awe inspiring tricks, it’s how often he falls off and gets back on his bike again.
I talk a lot in my posts about the reality that you need thousands of hours of purposeful practice to achieve your goals and dreams. Deep Domain Expertise is the hallmark of the elite. However, along with thousands of hours of attempting to achieve comes thousands of hours of failure and how you deal with this is what sets the elite apart from the rest. A mindset that sees failure as a stepping stone to success is what is needed.
Michael Jordan is quoted in Nike Culture: The Sign of the Swoosh (Cultural Icons series)as saying:
“I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot, and I missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
In a similar vein, if you start looking you’ll find multiple different versions of Thomas Edison’s comments on turning failure into success with one of these being:
“I have not failed 10,000 times. I have not failed once. I have succeeded in proving that those 10,000 ways will not work. When I have eliminated the ways that will not work, I will find the way that will work.”
What these two quotes do is give you an insight into the mindset of elite achievers and, if you watch Fabio’s clip and see how often he fails in order to achieve, you understand how he is as good as he is.
If you’re going to take the time to practice, practice like the elite.