LSAT Kung Fu Blog / Week 8: Failures
Week 8: Failures
Before we go any further, I have to say something that you already kind of know about me: I hold myself and my work to an extremely high standard.
I wasn’t always this way: in college, I skated, man. I did juuuust enough to keep my scholarship. I skipped class all the time. I got As in the classes I liked, and just blew off the others.
I’ve evolved, is what I’m saying.
That evolution has me determined to graduate at the top of my class. Like, literally Number One is what I’m saying.
Remember the story about my second LSAT and how that compared to my first one?
That’s how I’m feeling every day right now.
But here’s some things I believe to be true:
- It’s important to have goals.
- Your goals should be difficult.
- Your goals should reflect your abilities.
- If you never fail, your goals aren’t big enough.
As you’ll remember from previous discussions, I never had large goals as a business that provides LSAT prep resources. Like, I want my students to succeed, and I like hearing about it when they do. I like having students. I like feeling like I'm helping create a community. I like being part of something.
But I just don’t care what our market share is. That stuff isn’t interesting to me (do NOT tell anybody at Velocity that I said that, OK?). What’s interesting to me was creating an exciting new way of doing business that made the enterprise of LSAT prep more democratic. I liked the idea of inviting everyone to the table (figuratively). What really motivated me was putting food on the table (literally).
But law school is a whole ‘nother thing. I find the intellectual challenge riveting. It’s hard, but it’s not too much. And I like winning. Well, I like winning at things that I care about. Like, I’m a casual runner. I’m not fast; I won't win any races. But I don’t care if I ever become fast. I like the feel of the wind on my face.
But graded intellectual exercises? BRING THEM TO ME. I WILL HAVE MY ENEMIES' HEADS ON PIKES AT MY GATE. THE WORLD WILL TREMBLE AT MY NAME.
So last week was a tough one for me. I know you will mock me after reading this. You will (correctly) point your finger and laugh because my “failures” in this context are trivial. I just want you to know that:
- It’s not like I’m really broken up over it. Underperforming only makes me work harder.
- I’m not complaining. Nothing unfair happened to me. You cannot attain every goal you set (or, again, your goals aren’t high enough).
So, three things happened last week: I got an 8 out of 10 on an “experiential” assignment; I got a 3 out of 4 on a quiz, and I got a 3.4 on my first graded memo in Legal Writing.
I know you’re calling me a nerd. I can hear you from where I sit.
But here’s what’s happening: on the next experiential assignment, I got a 10. On my next quiz, I’m going to get all 4 questions. And we’ve got another memo coming up, and I’m knocking that one out of the park.
My point is this: no matter what it is you want to do, if it’s worth doing at all, you are likely to fail at it (at least a little bit, at least sometimes).
Failure is good. Failure is in fact necessary. I will never in my life forget that a written firm offer by a merchant specifying a window for acceptance cannot be revoked before the window has closed. If I’d gotten that question right? Well, I wouldn’t have even brought it up now.
So, I’m not happy about these failures (remember, I like winning). I just know that the only thing left to me to do is to go on and dust my shoulder off, learn from what I did badly, and do better next time. You haven’t failed until you don’t get back up.
So keep getting back up.
Questions? Comments? Complaints? Post them below, or shoot me an email.
Be good to one another, for we need it now more than maybe ever,
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