Life Is Not Tetris
I stumbled over this quote the other day:
“Life is like tetris.
Your accomplishments disappear and your mistakes add up.”
I COULD NOT DISAGREE MORE.
This is false in so many ways.
- Would you say that Thomas Edison was a success and has changed the world? Probably yes. Does it matter that he needed countless attempts to invent the light bulb?
Same point different reference:
“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life.”
- Michael Jordan, the greatest basketball player of all times
- Who do you admire more: the one who just triumphs or the one who struggles, makes mistakes, suffers but keeps fighting and eventually triumphs?
- Have you ever regretted risking something for the chance of achieving anything remarkable? If only your mistakes would count you would never dare to risk anything. All you would care about is avoiding possible failure.
This quote is completely wrong.
Apart of this, I believe that this is a horrible way of seeing life. This is the opposite of an entrepreneurial mindset. Following this idea you would never try anything new, never explore frontiers, never leave your comfort zone, etc.
If you understand life this way I recommend to stay in bed and just do nothing.
One more thought:
If life would work like an ancient video game…
… you had several attempts/lives
… you had to work with everything they through at you
… and the score would be everything that counts.
What kind of a life would that be?!