All About Perseverance

Failure in Sports

Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan was an amazing basketball player. This was caused by his failures during his career. During his career, he missed more than 9000 shots. Michael Jordan also lost over 300 games. He missed the game winning shot 26 times. After each of these little failures, he worked even harder the next time. The result of all this was, he succeeded. Because of the way he treated these failures, he became one of the best basketball players who ever played the game. Some people think that failure is not a good thing. This is incorrect because of how Michael Jordan behaved after each of these failures. In conclusion, failure can be good. For Michael Jordan, the only reason he became a legend is because he failed. Without all these failures, Michael Jordan could be a different man than he is today and so could the game of basketball.

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Gabby Douglas

Gabby Douglas is an amazing gymnast. Everyone thinks of her as a confident athlete. During the beginning of her life though, she had lots of troubles and failures and so did her family. First, she was homeless the first year of her life and lived in a van. This means her family must have failed and lost their jobs. Next, her father abandoned them, leaving her mother to support the children of her own. This means her father must have had the moment get to him and failed his family be leaving them. Then, after training hard, she put her families failures behind her and became one of very few African-American gymnast. This means that Gabby didn’t want to remember the failures, but she wanted to be remembered for something good in history. Also, Gabby was bullied at one of her gyms, so she moved to a different gym where no one called her “their slave”. This shows me that she didn’t let these people lead her to failure and that she didn’t want to fail anymore. Finally, Gabby Douglas won an Olympic gold medal. This shows that she has forgotten about her family's failures and wants to achieve high standards which are what she did. In conclusion, I can say that Gabby Douglas had people who failed her. The final exclamation is, lots of people failed at least once and that someone you may think has everything probably didn’t in the beginning when they started out.
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Michael Jordan Vs. Babe Ruth

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Tom Landry

Tom Landry was an amazing NFL coach. He wasn’t always this way though, he actually started out awful. For example, he won zero games one season which made his team the worst team in the game. This shows that he failed and didn’t work hard enough with his team, if he practiced longer and trained harder, this probably would not have happened. This was not Tom’s only failure though, for instance, over the next four seasons, he won five or fewer games each of those seasons. This shows that he worked his team harder and they won a few games, but this is still a failure for Tom Landry since they were still on of the worst or the worst team in the game. Tom Landry had the characteristic of perseverance. He worked and worked his team so they would win more games. Tom Landry had some success though. This consists of him leading his team to two super bowl wins. This shows how Tom Landry’s perseverance helped him train harder so he wouldn’t fail again. Another success that he has is, he holds the record for most NFL wins. This means that he and his team got over the failures and persevered to become legends. In conclusion, I can say that Tom Landry had failures and achievements in his career as a coach. He started out awful, but he and the team persevered so they wouldn’t ever have a defeated season ever again. This shows that it doesn’t matter how you start out, but it just matters how you finish.
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Stan Smith

Stan Smith was a fabulous tennis player but wasn’t always thought of as one. He had one big problem but found many little solutions. The dilemma was that he was thought of as clumsy and uncoordinated by Davis Cup event organizers. This is a problem because of he wants to be good, then he has to prove it since he is already starting out with a bad rep. This probably means that he failed earlier which is the reason he is thought of this way. One solution of this problem was, Stan Smith trained hard and won a Wimbledon title. This means that he proved the event organizers wrong, but they still thought that was a one-time thing and that he was still clumsy. Another way Stan Smith solved this problem of being called a failure and clumsy was by training extra hard and winning the U.S Open. This shows that he trained hard to make sure he was no longer thought of as a failure. The big answer that made everyone think he was a good tennis player and not a failure was that in his career, he retired with the Wimbledon title, the U.S Open title, and also, he won the Davis Cup, eight times. This means that he did not want to retire being thought of as a clumsy failure, but that he wanted to be thought of as a great tennis player. In conclusion, I can say that Stan Smith had to work hard and persevere so he wouldn’t be thought of as a failure.
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