Last night I went to see an illusionist perform on the Diamond Princess. He was pretty good, but towards the beginning of his show, he messed up one of his tricks and the whole crowd noticed. He was clearly embarrassed and was not his usual self for the rest of the show.

What is the message here?

It’s okay to make mistakes, but don’t let it affect the rest of your performance. Pick yourself back up. You don’t drown by falling in water. You drown by staying there. Shake it off and go on with the show. Then, after the show, think about how you can improve and get to work.

I have seen many tennis players make a mistake early in a match and continue to dwell on that mistake for the rest of the match. How do you think those players performed?


Fall down seven times, get up eight.

Thanks for reading.

1 reply
  1. Resilient Cougarella
    Resilient Cougarella says:

    I really like this. I tend to follow the fall 7 times and rise up 8 times mentality.

    Somehow it doesn’t bother me to fall, just a step that didn’t agree w/ me is all. 😉 Thanks Ed.

    Enjoy NZ. I’ll be visiting there sooner than later.


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