"Failure. I've said this about my Olympic performance and everybody keeps saying that I didn't fail. Why has the word failure become such a no no. If I had a silver medal around my neck, I would have failed to reach gold. Failure to me is an acceptable outcome. I have prepared for this meet to the absolute best of my ability. Sacrificed more then most people know or realize. But for those very same reasons, this failure is perfectly okay. I didn't give up. I didn't cut corners, or stop working my a** off when no one was around. I would gladly FAIL pushing the limits of my training then continuing to use the SAFE workouts. I will gladly fail fighting for the gold, then safely receiving silver. In the pole vault we almost always leave the track failing the last three attempts at every meet. Failing is not the enemy, not giving your all is. I will continue to fail at things the rest of my life, but by no means will I ever say that I am
There was a quote in the 4th floor of our building. It was from Michael Jordan and the last line of the quote was as I remember,
"I have failed many times in my career which is the reason I succeed."
Please don't fear failure. I don't. I fear the thought of not pursuing my dreams or pushing my personal limits. And I won't fail in that arena.
Thank you for all your support. I love you guys."
Wish more people thought like this.