Victory From Defeat

Remember the opening of ABC’s Wide World of Sports?  Jim McKay’s iconic voice saying,  “The thrill of victory, and the agony of defeat”.   I can hear it now, and see the ski jumper crashing.

It’s an exciting time of year.  Tournament time for high schools, colleges, including March Madness on the horizon. 

Many will experience defeat at some point.  Competitors don’t, and shouldn’t, like to lose but what it can reward us with in the long run sometimes comes because of the defeat. 

Remember March 16, 2018?

A #16 seed had never beaten a #1 seed in the NCAA Basketball Tournament until that day.  The University of Maryland, Baltimore County Retrievers not only beat the overall #1 seed Virginia Cavaliers but beat them by 20 points.

In his post game press conference Virginia Coach Tony Bennett said “If you learn to use it right, the adversity, it will buy you a ticket to a place you couldn’t have gone any other way.”

Fast forward 388 days to April 8, 2019. The Cavs had squandered a 10 point lead in the final minutes and trailed Texas Tech by three.

Virginia forced overtime with 12 seconds in regulation and went on to win the NCAA championship in overtime. They used the ticket bought with adversity a season earlier.

To become all that you can be you will have to go through the darkness of defeat at times to get to the joy of victory. 

We enjoy the joys of victory but it is the tough times, the dark times, that make us stronger, better, who we really can be, and the opportunity to be better.

I’m cheering for you.

#leadership #motivation #coaching
#bebetter #beblessed


Published by toddagordon

Currently in his 37th year in the education field. Currently the District Activities Director at Greene County Community Schools in Jefferson, Iowa. Celebrating 37 years of marriage with Deb. Deb works remotely as the Assistant Controller for Treynor (IA) State Bank. We have 3 kids, two son in laws, a daughter in law, two wonderful grandsons, Jonathan and Parker, and three lovely granddaughters, Mia, Madison and Faye. Nicole and Brett are parents to Jonathan and Madison, and are working in ministry in Urbandale, IA. AJ and Regan live in Waukee, IA. A.J. currently works for Thrivent after a few years coaching college basketball including winning a National Championship as an Assistant Men's Basketball Coach at Graceland University. Regan is a Kindergarten teacher with the Des Moines Public Schools at Hubbell Elementary School. Abby and Anthony are parents to Parker and Mia and they outside of Ogden, IA. Abby works as a Physical Therapy Assistant and Anthony works for a landscaping company.

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