FROM MAY 22, 2014
Our society – our very own culture – thrives on failure.
Our heroes. The very people we hold in such high esteem are incredible failures. All of them! Highly paid professionals, like doctors, our athletes, our Hollywood stars – all of them – are failing. Even the best and most respected of them.
Most of the really great actors make, what? One film a year? It takes, roughly estimating, three months to shoot one. So, for nine months a year, our Hollywood heroes are like 20% of the rest of us – unemployed!
How about NFL quarterback greats? DonMeredith, Joe Namath, Terry Bradshaw, and Johnny Unitas? They each completed only around 50% of every pass they threw. They failed half the time. Even the all-time NFL leader, Chad Pennington failed 30% of the time. I don’t know about your job, but if I fail just 5% of the time, I am an unemployed actor!
Artis Gilmore, my hometown favorite NBA tall guy (he played college ball at Jacksonville University when I was in high school in that town!) is the all time field goal percentage leader in the NBA. Even worse than Chad Pennington, Artis failed slightly more than 30% of the time that incredibly tall guy shot the ball.
And Major League Baseball? Come on! Over 60% of the time, Ty Cobb failed to get a hit! Ty freakin’ Cobb!
And doctors? Our most coveted profession. We all believe with all of our hearts that OUR doctor is the very best. Well, I heard this years ago somewhere, so I won’t take credit for thinking of this myself. But have you ever realized that 50% of all doctors finished in the BOTTOM HALF of their class?
Man. We are all doomed!
Still. Suddenly I’m liking my own success rate!