Making a Habit of Failure

You’ll come to see that a man learns nothing from winning.  The act of losing, however, can elicit great wisdom – not least of which is how much more enjoyable it is to win.  IT’s inevitable to lose now and again.  The trick is, not to make a habit of it.
Uncle Henry

You’ll come to see that a man learns nothing from winning.  The act of losing, however, can elicit great wisdom – not least of which is how much more enjoyable it is to win.  It’s inevitable to lose now and again.  The trick is, not to make a habit of it.
– Uncle Henry, A Good Year

This quote comes from one of my favorite sappy movies, A Good Year. It comes at the end of a tennis match in which the main character, Max, loses to his Uncle Henry. Henry, whose own path suggests Max’s own future in the plot, imparts a bit of wisdom on the young boy.

Here is a link to the clip, if you’d like to watch it.

I like everything about the clip, except perhaps the bit about not making a habit of losing. I absolutely think we should make a habit of losing – or more specifically, failing. But in doing so, we should develop our skills in failing in a way that propels us in the direction we want to go.

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