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The Success of Failure

Posted By Alex Belth On October 22, 2004 @ 2:07 pm In Bronx Banter | Comments Disabled

Mulling over the end the 2004 season got me thinking about failure as a motivating element in our lives. Particularly as it applies to the creative process. Allow me to indugle myself here. First of all, do yourselves a favor and check out two first-rate articles on the Yankees: “Mythbusters” [1] by Larry Manhken, and the latest installment of The Pinstriped Bible [2] by Steven Goldman (oh, and look at David Pinto’s defense of Alex Rodriguez [3] while you are at it too).

How can we view failure in a positive light? In an interview with Mike Shannon (from the book “Baseball: The Writer’s Game” [4]), Pat Jordan [5] explained:

I recently wrote a piece on failure for a magazine called Menís Fitness. They wanted me to write a piece on success. They said, “Well, youíve been a successful baseball player”

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URLs in this post:

[1] “Mythbusters”: http://www.hardballtimes.com/main/article/mythbusters/

[2] The Pinstriped Bible: http://www.yesnetwork.com/yankees/news.asp?news_id=682

[3] David Pinto’s defense of Alex Rodriguez: http://www.baseballmusings.com/archives/007913.php

[4] “Baseball: The Writer’s Game”: http://seaburn.com/blackbooksplus/baseball%20the%20writers%20game.htm

[5] Pat Jordan: http://www.patjordanstories.com/

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