As difficult as it may feel at times, failure is a part of life and most certainly a part of being a Ninja. Over 11 seasons, we’ve only seen four Ninjas conquer Stage 3 and three conquer Mt. Midoriyama. We’ve seen season-ending injuries and heartbreaking falls due to the smallest of mistakes.
But what matters the most is how you come back after a failure. How you pick yourself up and keep going. Travis Rosen shared a personal story of one of his own failures from season seven on Instagram today, which felt like the perfect post for #MotivationMonday.
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#MotivationMonday What character development looks like. “Failures,” as they are so often perceived, are not only a fact of life, but a necessary part of it. If we never crash and burn, it can reveal that we’re not aiming high enough, or worse, trying to play life too safe- even attempting to insulate ourselves from painful experiences. It’s through the trials and tears that we grow, learn, and become who we were made to be. One of my most heart-wrenching #americanninjawarrior pics ever, this was taken after my watery demise in our SE region’s City Finals at Universal Orlando, thanks to the Double Helix in season seven. After barely losing on the stage four rope during USA vs the World the prior season, I pushed myself harder than ever. I became stronger, more prepared, and more able to take down the Vegas finals course than I’d ever been- even being a preseason favorite to do so (according to Men’s Health magazine haha). Yet, I learned the hard way that...we need rest! As I headed into my sixth season, my body started experiencing major signs of overtraining. So many different injuries started popping up that limited me more than I let anyone know about, and I was EXHAUSTED. I was thankful to qualify to the finals despite my lack of completing that course, but the damage was done and I wouldn’t recover until after my season ended (thanks to my equally heart-breaking Finals stage two fall). Though incredibly difficult to walk out in the moment, experiences like these have helped me become the man, the example, and the warrior that I am today. Do I sometimes wish they hadn’t happened? Of course, but in the big picture these “set backs” are what help me reap fruit far greater than the goals and victories I was focused on at the time. When life gets you down or throws you results different than you’d hoped for, keep your head up , keep proper perspective, and fight on. • • • • • #anw #anw7 #ninja #gotwet #trials #heartbreak #learning #character #growth #fruit #motivate #inspire #neverquit #overcome #leadbyexample #TR #travisrosen #thankGodfortrials #universal #orlando