It Only Took Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles 1 Minute to Share a Message That Will Leave You Completely Inspired
If something’s going on in your life and you’re struggling? Embrace it. Because you’re growing.”
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Nick Foles, the quarterback who led the Philadelphia Eagles to their first Super Bowl victory ever, has been on a tear. After leading the Eagles through the postseason, Foles put on one of the best Super Bowl performances in history, despite the fact that he was a backup quarterback only a few months ago. (Foles took over as the starter in December after Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz tore his ACL).
What's really made Foles stand out is his humble, down-to-earth manner. He's slow to accept credit, happier to defer glory to his coach and teammates.
But in a recent interview, Foles highlighted another factor that's led to his recent success: the ability to embrace failure.
Per NBC sports:
"I think the big thing is don't be afraid to fail. I think in our society today, Instagram, Twitter, it's a highlight reel. It's all the good things. And then when you look at it, you think like, wow, when you have a rough day or [you think] your life is not as good as that, you know, you're failing.
"You know, failure is a part of life. It's a part of building character and growing. Without failure, who would you be? I wouldn't be up here if I hadn't fallen thousands of times. Made mistakes.
"We all are human, we all have weaknesses...I think when you look at a struggle in your life, just know that's just an opportunity for your character to grow. And that's really just been the message. Simple. If something's going on in your life and you're struggling? Embrace it. Because you're growing."
Foles has got it so right.
In today's social media age, we hold ourselves up to impossible standards. We focus on end results--the successful entrepreneur, the happy and smiling faces, the perfect picture--without realizing the sacrifices, the amount of hard work, and the countless mistakes that came first.
We often do this with good motive: We want to focus on positive feelings and emotions. But it's the negative emotions that can best serve as a catalyst for growth--if you allow them to. The key is to make both types of emotions, what we consider "positive" and "negative," work for you, instead of against you. (I explore this in my forthcoming book, EQ, Applied: The Real-World Guide to Emotional Intelligence.)
By encouraging us to embrace the struggle, Foles reminds us of the conclusions Stanford psychology professor Carol Dweck reached in decades of research on the human brain. For years, Dweck has studied the self-conceptions people use to guide their behavior, to motivate themselves, and to build self-control. Through decades of experimentation, she has demonstrated that while you may be born with certain innate talents or aptitudes, it is training, personal effort, and experience that can help you become the person you want to become.
Along with those efforts comes inevitable failure. But that failure is what enables you to learn.
So, it may be time for a perspective change. Instead of limiting yourself or becoming overly concerned with how you are viewed by others, focus on growth. Mistakes and failures aren't the end of the world; rather, they're learning opportunities.
Embrace them. Learn from them. Use them to grow.
There's no telling where you'll end up.