Did you watch the Olympics last month? You know, even if you have no interest in the sports themselves, you've really got to be impressed with the skill and expertise of athletes who are so good, they make it to the games. These are the best of the best, and there is a poetry in their movements. Even things like speed-skating and, yes, curling. (I'm sorry, I still don't get that one. Sweeping the ice with brooms?)
Even if you didn't watch, you've probably heard about Jeremy Abbott's fall. He was attempting a quadruple toe loop. I don't know what that is, but I figure he somehow spins completely around four times. As we all know, he crashed hard, slamming into the side wall. He was obviously in pain. In fact, his coaches were starting out towards the ice to go get him...when he got up and continued skating! He completed his routine, and performed it extremely well. Like nothing had happened.
Ladies and gentlemen, that is a champion. That is why he's a winner. A champion isn't perfect. A champion doesn't succeed every time. In fact, they fail more often that most people do. Because they pick themselves up and keep going! Over and over again. Without missing a beat. Without losing confidence. Without taking such a hit to their self-esteem that they can't come out of the gate strong again.
Instinctively, we all did this as little kids. All those big people were walking, you wanted to walk. You got up...and fell on your little diapered butt. There is not a single person reading this who stayed down and thought, "I guess walking isn't for me. I just can't do it."
Failing does not keep you from being successful. Not getting back up does.