Following on yesterday’s post, here’s something I’ve seen from friends, housemates and other people looking to become better snowboarders:
The fastest learners are the guys who don’t care what other people think and aren’t afraid to fail.
Out of everyone I’ve met or known, the guys who’ve had the fastest progression are the guys who just didn’t care what others thought and took action.
Because they’re not afraid to fail. Their ‘attempt rate’ is far higher than others who are worried about failing. So really, it’s not because they learn faster, but because they fail faster. They take action, fail, figure out what’s wrong, then try it again while the other people are still worried about failing the first time.
You should still try not to fail and to try to fail safely without being hurt and if anything, it means learning to avoid injuries is even more important. However, at the end of the day, failing and figuring out what’s wrong is part of becoming a better snowboarder/skier.
You can’t succeed if you never try and you’ll fail many times while trying to get it right.
“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