Why I Succeed?

Amar Pandit , CFA , CFP

Amar Pandit

A respected entrepreneur with 25+ years of Experience, Amar Pandit is the Founder of several companies that are making a Happy difference in the lives of people. He is currently the Founder of Happyness Factory, a world-class online investment & goal-based financial planning platform through which he aims to help every Indian family save and invest wisely. He is very passionate about spreading financial literacy and is the author of 4 bestselling books (+ 2 more to release in 2020), 8 Sketch Books, Board Game and 700 + columns.

Who do you think the “I” in the headline question is?

Well it’s not important because the answer to the question will not change.

The “I” can be anyone – you, me, or someone else.

The answer to the question lies in Michael Jordan’s brilliant quote – it’s because of the shots I miss.

I succeed because of the shots I miss – (Print this and keep it handy)

Let me share a quote that will explain what the answer means (in case it’s not clear yet).

“I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost 300 games. Twenty-six times I have been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed”.

There is no real debate about this fundamental truth. It’s cast in stone.

If that is so, what are the shots you are missing?

Because missing shots is great for success.

And if you aren’t missing any, then maybe you aren’t taking any. This is clearly a recipe for mediocrity and decay. Unless you want these outcomes, it’s time to start taking some shots even if you are likely to miss them.