The best way for me to explain this project, concept, idea is for me to tell you a little bit about myself.
My name is Adam Corrigan. I grew up playing rugby in Australia, captaining teams like the West Australian School Boys, Western Australian U19 and U21 Rugby teams as well as the Sunshine Coast Breakers Rep teams.
I also started Taekwondo at the age of six, going on to become a 5x Australian Champion, 2x British Champion, 4x South African Champion, a multiple International medalist and an Open World Champion.
Even after all this success; I remember playing great through the Craven Week trials, but in the final trial, I played the worst game of the season. Unfortunately, I didn’t play in that fierce and competitive South African Rugby Championship.
While excelling with Taekwondo, my dreams had me focused on going to the Olympics. After winning the Australian Olympic trials in 2003, I watched the 2004 Athens games from my apartment. Miserable but determined, I knew I had 4 years to train for the next one.
I moved to England where I was selected to train full time in their National and Olympic Programs from 2007 to 2009, but again watched the 2008 Beijing games from my home in London where I knew I could have been on the podium.
As time passed, I couldn’t help but wonder, how could the people I’ve beaten in the past have progressed much further to win World and Olympic medals? How could I have been so good and work so hard, yet fall short right before the finish line?
I grew up playing sports with the mentality I needed to win every game or fight. When dealing with losses, it would eat me alive while keeping me awake at night. This frustration alone caused numerous setbacks in my career.
I realize I have a fear of failure. It wasn’t others beating me, it was me beating myself. With age and wisdom, I’ve learned that every game or fight I’ve lost has made me a better person. It was these failures that pushed me to practice more, train harder and compete better than my opposition.
I have to ask myself these simple questions: Was I afraid to make it to the next level? Was I afraid to become who I knew I could be? Would success push me even harder? Was I ready to be pushed to my limit?
Whether in sports, education or finance, the same Success vs Failure theory applies: You need to be okay with failing to truly be successful.
So to get over my fear of failure, I’ll be challenging myself as well as those around me to push ourselves to failure. Then go through failure, to become who we’re supposed to be in life.