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[Weekly Inspiration] Failure Today = Success Tomorrow

[Weekly Inspiration] Failure Today = Success Tomorrow

The Seguin High School swim team in Arlington, Texas had one goal for their season: to finish every race they participate in. Even their coach acknowledged that the team was full of energy, but not of achievement. Enter Gerald Hodges: an amazing student athlete who tries out for the team despite the fact that he doesn’t even know how to swim. His reason for joining? He couldn’t bear not being good at something. Watch the full story below:

“If I couldn’t handle not being good at something, then how could I consider myself a successful person?”

Gerald believes that setting yourself up for failure is the key to future success. He ended up leading his team to the state championship, despite some of his early performances at swim meets.

Gerald’s quote and attitude teach us a powerful reminder: failure today can lead to success tomorrow. Rather than do something he knew he was good at, Gerald chose to participate in a sport where he was less than average. While setting yourself up for failure can be scary or embarrassing, it’s important to remember that the path to success is often paved with failures, and there is great value in confronting those failures.'s picture
Brita Hammer

Brita started with Edmentum in March 2018 and currently serves as a Marketing Associate. She is passionate about providing teachers resources to help their students achieve in and out of the classroom. Brita earned a B.S. in Marketing from North Dakota State University.