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The Difference Between Failing and Being a Failure

I was living in Texas when O.A. Bum Phillips was the coach of the Houston Oilers. We were big fans.

This week Bum Phillips died and I was reminded once again of how much we enjoyed his homespun wisdom.

I googled Bum Phillips Quotes and ran across this bit of pure wisdom:

“You fail all the time, but you’re not a failure until you blame someone else.”

In improv based training we emphasize the importance of failure, and I have written in this space about it before. This bit of wisdom from Mr. Phillips adds to the lexicon of failure literature.

So go ahead and fail. and keep trying and you will keep failing until you succeed. But no matter how many times you fail, you are not a failure until you blame someone else.

And, just as failing doesn’t make you a failure, doing something stupid doesn’t make you a stupid person, and doing something bad doesn’t make you a bad person.

Remember: no one is perfect but the widow’s first husband.

 
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