Becoming Legendary: How Setbacks Can Fuel Greatness

Becoming Legendary: How Setbacks Can Fuel Greatness

Setbacks are a huge part of the game. No matter how successful any player may be, they have been through setbacks and more setbacks are on their way. While setbacks can be discouraging and difficult to deal with, they can also be an opportunity for personal growth.

In this blog, we will explore the power of setbacks for your growth as a player. We will examine how setbacks can challenge and develop resilience, help you learn from mistakes and improve, and ultimately lead to development in a positive direction.

The Obstacle Becomes The Way

In Ryan Holiday's book The Obstacle is the Way he illuminates the path to resilience, equipping us with the mindset and strategies necessary to triumph over adversity and forge our own path to greatness

Some of the greatest athletes of all time endure setbacks on their journey to greatness.

-Tom Brady gets drafted in the 6th round
-Steph Curry is told he's too slow and too small to attend his dream school (Virginia Tech)
-Michael Jordan doesn't make his varsity basketball team as a freshman

Let's look at these examples and imagine if things had gone differently for 3 of the great players in their sports of all time.

What if Brady goes in the top 5 picks?
What if Curry gets to go to Va Tech?
What if Jordan makes the varsity team as a freshman?

Do their career journey's look the same?  I would argue they don't.  These setbacks defined who they are and drove them to be better.

I've said often, great players work with a chip on their shoulder every single day.  A setback in your journey as a player can be an excellent opportunity to drive your obsession to become great, just like it did with these players.

Setbacks as Opportunities for Growth

School conditions us to see setbacks as negative events and something to be avoided at all costs. In reality, they can actually be an opportunity for growth. When we face setbacks, we are forced out of our comfort zone and challenged to adapt to new situations. This can help us develop resilience, which is the ability to bounce back from adversity which will happen all the time in baseball or softball.

Resilience is a crucial skill that can help us navigate through challenges in life. When we are resilient, we are better equipped to handle setbacks and move forward. In fact, research has shown that resilience is a key predictor of success in life.

Setbacks can also help us learn from our mistakes and improve. When we fail at something, we are forced to take a step back and evaluate what went wrong. This can help us identify areas for improvement and make changes that will lead to future success.

Overcoming Setbacks

While setbacks can be an opportunity for growth, they can also be difficult to deal with. It is important to have coping mechanisms in place to help us overcome setbacks and move forward.

One effective coping mechanism is to focus on the positive. Instead of dwelling on the setback, try to focus on what you learned from the experience. This can help you view the setback as an opportunity for growth rather than a failure.

Another coping mechanism is to seek support from others, like teammates. It can be helpful to talk to former players or coaches who have gone through similar experiences. They can provide a listening ear, offer advice, and help you see the situation from a different perspective.


Setbacks are an inevitable part of life, but they can also be an opportunity for personal growth. When we face setbacks, we are forced to adapt to new situations and develop resilience. Setbacks can also help us learn from our mistakes and improve.

While setbacks can be difficult to deal with, there are effective coping mechanisms that can help us overcome them. It is important to focus on the positive, seek support from others, and invest into your overall improvement

Ultimately, setbacks can be a catalyst for personal growth. By viewing setbacks as opportunities for growth, we can become more resilient, learn from our mistakes, and ultimately achieve success.

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