There Is No Such Thing As Failure

Written by Coach Josh Shaw on Tuesday, 22 August 2017.


  Former New England Patriot and Georgia Bulldog, Ben Watson, said, “Adversity is a reality of life. It’s not about if it’s going to hit, but how we respond when it does?” Tuesday night, when I read the article, Teaching Your Kids to Finish Strong, written by Watson, I could not help but think of last Friday night’s game. It seemed that every time something positive happened, or every time we seemed to be gaining a little momentum, adversity seemed to rear its ugly head. However, when you think about it, does “adversity” really deserve the negative connotation that comes along with it? Does the word adversity really have an “ugly head?”

Not long after the opening kick-off last Friday night, our young and inexperienced team was hit squarely in the gut and down 7-0 before we could even blink. Then, after we regrouped, BOOM! Another TD by North Cobb had us down 14-0 early in the 1st quarter. Friday night’s game seemed to be very generous in dishing out a strong dose of “adversity” to our team. By halftime, we were down 30-0, and even though we managed to score a late touchdown, the result for our first game of the 2017 season was a 44-6 loss. This is unacceptable and definitely not a result we have been working so hard for week in and week out. However, as with any “loss” in life, we must admit and confront our mistakes, and then learn from them, as we move on. The pain stings. It stings hard, but we must use the “pain” to motivate us as we enter the preparation for the next game of the season.

Everyone who has ever lived has faced some form of adversity. Oprah Winfrey was fired from her first job as a TV anchor. Now she’s giving away cars and using her life to change the world.   She says, “There’s no such thing as failure. Failure is just life trying to move us in a different direction.” Thomas Edison was told he was “too stupid to learn anything.” Walt Disney was told he “lacked imagination and had no good ideas.” Early in his career, Abraham Lincoln failed at several attempts to obtain a political office. These leaders did NOT let adversity affect their dreams. They did not let adversity deter them from what they wanted to do. We MUST be the same way, whether on a football team or in life.

In whatever adversity we may face as a team this year, and in whatever adversity we face in life, know this much is true. We WILL overcome. We WILL grow, as a result. We WILL be better for it, in the end. Do not let adversity and failure define you. Let it project you on to bigger and better things. ADVERSITY IS NECESSARY. We cannot avoid it, and quite frankly, painful as it may be, we don’t want to avoid it. Motivational speaker, Willie Jolley, says, “Adversity and challenges are life’s way of creating strength. Adversity creates challenge, and challenge creates change, and change is absolutely necessary for growth. If there is no change and challenge, there can be no growth and development.”

This week we travel 8.5 miles down the road for game two. We need you to be there EARLY and be LOUD! We do not want to be on this journey on our own. We need each other. We need you! We look forward to seeing you there and hearing you cheer us on from the stands. Thank you for your support!

In closing, we have continued to address our weaknesses this week in practice. We have continued to work hard in correcting our errors. All the while, doing this TOGETHER, because we BELIEVE in each other; we are a BROTHERHOOD! Regardless of what life’s scoreboard shows, we WILL win in the end! Stay strong and stare adversity right square in the face! You can and will grow from whatever adversity you are facing. As we love to say around here, FINISH THE DRILL and FINISH STRONG! #Believe #Together #Brotherhood17


About the Author

Coach Josh Shaw

Coach Josh Shaw

Josh Shaw is the Head Coach of the Cherokee High School Warriors Football Team.