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The greatest basketball player of all time was once asked what made him so successful Michael Jordan then replied I fail therefore I succeed This theory not only applies to those who fly but also to mortals When one fails the bitter taste lingers forever whereas when one succeeds the sweetness makes all pain worth whileSports are life and in West Texas sometimes more than that In all my life I have always been on the starting team no matter what team it was The reason for this is because I hate to fail In my life I hate only two things the word hate happens to be the other I refuse to let my talent be wasted on the sideline so I work hard so I will be a starter Baseball is my favorite sport and I happen to be very good at it My junior year in high school I played left field for Midland Christian I had what others might call an average season but for me it was very poor I felt I let my team fans family and my unclecoach down This feeling of disappointment stayed with me all summer I lifted weights and went to camps all summer long but I never got rid of that horrible feeling Baseball season came around and I played better but still worked hard during the season to get better and better As a team we played well It felt good to know that I was a vital part of that team but the bitter taste from the year before still lingered At the end of the season I raised my batting average by over 200 points and reduced my errors from seven to one I also raised every other statistic I had tremendously I also made all-district and all-state honors The bitter taste was finally overcome by the sweet feeling of successI have failed in school many times one instance
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