"I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can not accept not trying."
Everyone knows the story. Arguably the best player of all time, Michael Jordan, was cut from the Varsity basketball team at Emsley A. Laney High School in Wilmington, NC. A 5 foot 11 inch sophomore guard at the time, MJ was viewed as too small to play at the Varsity level. He would later go on to star at the University of North Carolina for 3 years before heading to the NBA, getting drafted by the Chicago Bulls, and the rest is history.
It is crazy to think that the best player in the history of the sport had once gone through the experience of being cut. Michael Jordan went home that day and cried in his room after reading the list of Varsity players, and his name not on it. What he did next was work harder than ever, playing on Varsity the next two years and proving wrong anyone that ever doubted him.
Failure is not an end to the story; it is an opportunity to work harder. It is an opportunity to prove everyone wrong, and to become better. Michael Jordan could have given up or strayed his focus, but he did not. Getting cut from the team was a failure he could accept, what he would not accept was quitting, and the basketball world thanks him for that.