Nick Foles, the Philadelphia Eagles back-up quarterback, just beat Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl. But the speech he gave afterwards wasn’t about sports. It was about life and embracing failure. It’s something people in recovery should be able to gain inspiration from:
“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, when you think like, wow, when you have a rough day, ‘My life’s not as good as that,’ you’re failing.’ Failure is part of life. That’s 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 are all human, we all have weaknesses, and I think throughout this, Just being able to share that and be transparent. I know when I listen to people speak and they share their weaknesses, I’m listening. Because I can (relate). So I’m not perfect. I’m not Superman. I might be in the NFL. I might have just won the Super Bowl, but hey we still have daily struggles. And that’s where my faith comes in, that’s where my family comes in. 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 just been the message. Simple. If something’s going on in your life and you’re struggling, embrace it. Because you’re growing.“
Embrace your recovery…even the hard times…embrace them…because you’re growing and you’re becoming a sober person who can look in the mirror again.
Here’s the full video: