Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Thoughts on Failure, Perfection and the Attempt

I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.
~Michael Jordan

The composer Stravinsky had written a new piece with a difficult violin passage. After it had been in rehearsal for several weeks, the solo violinist came to Stravinsky and said he was sorry, he had tried his best, the passage was too difficult, no violinist could play it. Stravinsky said, "I understand that. What I am after is the sound of someone trying to play it."
~Thomas Powers, quoted in the book Sunbeams

I wouldn't have even known they were mistakes if my mom hadn't told me. But she did. And then she said those mistakes didn't matter because it was Horowitz [a famous pianist]. And Horowitz was not about perfection. He was about joy and art and music and life. And those things have mistakes in them.
~A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban

Striving for perfection is a good thing. Just don't be about perfection. Be about joy and art and music and life. Be the sound of someone trying.
~Miss Erin, Backstage Musings

Therefore...let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus...who for the joy set before him endured the cross...so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
~from Hebrews 12

"My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness."
~2 Corinthians 12:9

2 comments:

Amy said...

Thank you for the reminders . . . just what I needed today!

Amy (in Roscoe!)

Lillian said...

Perfectionism? Yep, that's one of my issues. Thanks for these great quotes and awesome reminders from God's Word! I need to write them down.

PS Rejoicing with you that Bantam 13 is OK!