I will admit, I was cheering for the Patriots in this past Super Bowl and extremely disappointed to see them lose. But, I will say after the game, I became more and more impressed with the Philadelphia Eagles; not because of their play, but because of their faith and because of their quarterback, Nick Foles.
Foles played a great game, not doubt, but his actions with his family and his speech after the game were what caught my attention the most.
Having two children in competitive activities I know how much losing and failing affects them and I wish there was something I could do to make it easier on them. Nick Foles’ speech after the Super Bowl was outstanding and an amazing resource on dealing with and embracing failure.
Here is Nick’s speech below:
“I think the big thing is don’t be afraid to fail. In our society today, you know, Instagram, Twitter, it’s a highlight reel. It’s all the good things,” Foles said. “And then when you look at it, you think, like, wow, when you have a rough day or your life’s not as good as that, you’re failing.”
“Failure is a part of life. That’s a part of building character and growing. Like without failure, who would you be? I wouldn’t be up here if I hadn’t fallen thousands of times, made mistakes. We all are human, we all have weaknesses.”
“I’m not perfect. I’m not Superman. I might be in the NFL and we might have just won the Super Bowl, but hey, we still have daily struggles, I have daily struggles,” Foles said. “But that’s where my faith comes in, that’s where my family comes in.”
“When you look at a struggle in your life, just know that, you know, that’s just an opportunity for your character to grow,” he continued. “And that’s really just been the message, simple. Like, if something’s going on in your life and you’re struggling, embrace it. Because you’re growing.”