Athletes Can Teach Writers!
One might say that sports and writing are like chalk and cheese — polar opposites — below are two quotes from two very different star athletes that apply directly to writing.
The first, from Michael Jordan, the “greatest basketball player of all time.”
I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.
You don’t get to be a six-time NBA champion without a few mistakes, a few false starts, and a few failed attempts along the way. The same can be said for writing. Consider the drafts that sits in your trash — those few “failed attempts” that started with a spark that went dark. Consider those “false starts” at writing, those unfinished drafts that sit quietly in your dashboard, awaiting your return.
Wayne Gretzky, one of the greatest hockey players of all time, offers this:
You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.
Taken together, these two quotes can be a writer’s recipe for success: you might “fail” at times, though you will fail 100% of the time if you stop trying to achieve your dreams as a writer.
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