Revenge Can Be a Great Motivator


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Michael Jordan is a famed basketball legend. To this day he is considered the common standard of comparison used by basketball pundits around the world. His name has entered the lexicon of everyday language: “He or she is the Michael Jordan of neurosurgery,” or ” he or she is the Michael Jordan of accountants,” or “he or she is the Michael Jordan of teachers.”

As a freshman at Laney High School, Michael Jordan was cut from their High School basketball team. For most, that would have been the end of the story. But for Michael Jordan, being cut from the team only spurred him on to become a better basketball player. He used that failure, being cut from the team, as a motivator, not as a deterrent.

The vast majority, when they fail at something, put their tail between their legs and move on to something else. Great achievers, however, use failure as a motivator. Failure inspires and motivates high achievers to improve and better themselves.

In order to achieve at the highest levels you must get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Failure and mistakes are very uncomfortable experiences. Those who excel in life are able to channel the negative emotions they experience in defeat as a catalyst to spur them on. Instead of accepting defeat, high achievers double down and work harder to prove to the world they are not failures. They use revenge to prove those who rejected them wrong. Revenge can be a great motivator.


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Thomas C. Corley About Thomas C. Corley

Tom Corley is a bestselling author, speaker, and media contributor for Business Insider, CNBC and a few other national media outlets.

His Rich Habits research has been read, viewed or heard by over 50 million people in 25 countries around the world.

Besides being an author, Tom is also a CPA, CFP, holds a master’s degree in taxation and is President of Cerefice and Company, a CPA firm in New Jersey.
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