Writer: Scott F.
Visual: Raina H.
Editor: Lucas V.
After what was a thrilling centennial “Super” IASAS tournament, ISM’s athletes are now looking forward to season two and its new opportunities. Evidently, ISM’s season one performance was not perfect across the board, but it is a well known fact that athletes who have experienced failure are even more driven to improve their abilities and obtain better results. Those driven athletes include Elena D. and Rajan S.
A member of the third-place girls’ volleyball team, Elena D. strongly believes in the importance of failure. When asked how failure plays a part in the athlete’s journey, Elena responds, “Failure is very important because you can’t make any progress without failing first.” It seems as though she would agree that the famous saying “Practice makes perfect” should instead be “Practice makes Progress,” which better describes this fundamental aspect of the athlete’s journey.
Since progress cannot come from simply identifying past failures, Bearcat athletes use certain methods and mindsets to turn failure into a learning experience. Rajan S. of the varsity boys volleyball team encourages his fellow athletes “to never forget your failures, as it gives you something to work towards no matter what [happens]”. Furthermore, Elena remarks, “Personally I just identify what I can do to fix the problem and work harder to get there the next time.” Through this thorough kind of reflection, improvement will inevitably arise from one’s failures.
To further emphasize the importance of defeat, Elena says, “if all you do is succeed you don’t understand the effort that comes with failure.” Similarly, Rajan Claims that “victory feels sweeter after just missing out on victory rather than victory after far-fetched failure.”
Clearly, both these athletes have their methods and mindsets in place to overcome failure. BT wishes the best of luck to all of the ISM’s season 2 athletes and hopes that they, too, are able to use failure to their advantage.