Yes, of course even champions fail. Not even the most accomplished just had success from start to Finish, but trying to instill this concept into kids minds is a challenge to say the least.
I want to explain to my son the best way I can, that sometimes tons of hard work might still end up with you losing or failing. But what you see as a loss or failure is really success in delay.
I thought about this as a result of the NBA Finals.
For no apparent reason our household was pulling for Cleveland. I told my son I wanted them to win because Cleveland is a smaller city (like our Milwaukee) that has never won the NBA Championship – and I like and respect the hard work of LeBron James.
He likes Steph Curry but wanted Cleveland to win (I think because I did).
After the game 6 loss, a dejected James said he would rather not make the playoffs than lose in the finals. Emotions are often too strong after a traumatic event and perhaps King James needs time away from the court to rethink things.
While he might be concerned about his legacy; having lost multiple NBA Finals, at least he has arrived at the biggest stage multiple times.
Perhaps the lesson is this: Grand success truly depends a complete team. And the delay for his success will cause the Cavaliers brass to bring another star to their city.
We will see what happens next year. LeBron and the Cavs will gather themselves and try again and let’s be honest, they will be back in the playoffs.
At the end of the day, champions never completely fail or lose. As the old saying goes, the only way you can really fail is by never trying again.