I really love the message that Michael Jordan is saying in this ad -- "I've failed over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed."
One of my biggest challenges as a mom is teaching my 6-year old to take mistakes or defeat as a learning experience and not a personal failure. Teaching him to read bigger words usually ends in tears of frustration and sobbed-out phrases like "I can't do it. It's so hard. " Saying "try and try until you succeed" will only get you so far until it become too repetitive and ignored. For this generation, patience is not a virtue.
I've always wondered how other parents nurture their kids. How do you teach them that practice makes perfect? How do you teach them to be competitive yet sportsmanlike? How do you teach them to strive to be the best that they can be yet at the same time impart the message that losing is not the end of the world?