Could you fail for 18 years straight?
That’s a looooong time to continually fail in something you so passionately desire.
Abraham Lincoln must have known something about it because he once said,
“It’s not about how many times you fall, but how many times you get back up.”
In theory, all you have to do is get up one more time that how many times you fell.
But how many times falling does it take before you can’t get up again, or don’t want to any more?
I suppose the answer to that question lies in how badly you want to achieve success.
Success in sports, business, real estate, relationships, weight loss etc… It’s the same for all.
I can’t tell you how many people I’ve seen come and go in real estate. They get in, they are all excited, they get knocked down once or twice, and poof, gone.
They obviously didn’t want it that bad…
Can you imagine failing for 18 years at something but still having the tenacity, perseverance, and belief in yourself to keep going?
Hard to imagine really, but that’s what separates the people that succeed vs the ones that ultimately fail.
The ones that succeed continue to get back up, over and over and over again, because quitting would be failure.
And this is the exact story for Sergio Garcia this past weekend at the Masters.
If you’re a golf fan then you know his story well, and if you don’t, then I’ll give you the cliff notes.
For 18 years Sergio Garcia has been unable to win a major tournament. As one of the most promising young talents 18 years ago, it was laughable to think he wouldn’t go on to be one of the greatest.
A major championship has eluded him for his entire career coming so close so many times before.
Failing over and over again, Garcia never gave up.
Sure he had plenty of opportunity to do so, but he kept picking himself back up.
And just when people had accepted him as one of “the best that never was,” Sergio had different plans.
This Sunday, after 18 years of “temporary defeat,” he picked himself back up and FINALLY won a major championship.
I couldn’t help but cheer him on and get emotional myself.
I feel for the guy. I relate with the guy.
My whole life I’ve been an underdog.
First it was soccer where I proved everyone wrong.
Now in real estate where i’m standing up for I believe.
Sergio inspires me to continue to pick myself up and continue to fight for and protect my clients against real estate incompetence, malpractice, and greed.
On behalf of all underdogs, thank you Sergio for reminding us of the most important element to being an underdog:
NEVER GIVING UP!
Until next week, ciao for now,
Editor-in-Chief & Founder, Brooks & Company