The video above was posted yesterday. The individual in the video is a student in my class. We were wrapping up gym class and he asked if he could shoot some hoops. As I was putting away some of the equipment we were using he asked me if we could make a deal. I said sure. He said, "if I make a shot from half court, can I get something?". I responded by saying, "sure, the whole class can have an extra 10 minutes of activity time but you can only have one shot".
He would need keep trying after failing. We can call that resilience.
He would need to stay positive, and have a growth mindset.
He would need to learn to adjust his shot based on his last shot. We can call that iteration.
He would need to have some hope, faith, and some success every now and again so that he would be motivated to keep working at it.
He would need to start small by shooting hoops from close range and backing up step by step to continue to challenge himself.
He would need to spend his time practicing and not doing other things. We can call that sacrifice.
He feels good about his abilities and is open to challenges. We can call that confidence.
He plays organized basketball, his parents support him by spending their time and money so he can play the game with others and learn from a coach. We can call that support.
We can learn a lot from people like this. The next time you see something awesome and are inspired by it, I encourage you to reach out and talk to the individual who is doing awesome things. Find out about what has led then to success. I have a feeling you will hear the same types of things that I have written about here.
The secret to success is really not a secret. Hard work, making mistakes, continued attempts, support, and a bit of luck will lead you to success.