the edge of turning a mistake into a triumph


On Saturday, September 20, 2014, Melvin Gordon, a running back from the University of Wisconsin football team fumbled the football for the very first time in three years and 322 carries.

Melvin was immediately taken out the game after the fumble.

He did not play the next series.  As Melvin did not play well in the previous game, the media, fans and critics began doubting his abilities.

Melvin said “I was motivated.  I heard a lot of people saying I cannot do this anymore. That motivated me to get out there and what I need to do.”

When Melvin went back into the game he went, WILD.

Absolutely, WILD!

He ran for 253 yards and 5 touchdowns on just 13 carries, averaging almost 20 yards per carry.

Melvin and his Badger teammates ran for a Big Ten record of 644 yards in the game.

Melvin’s triumph is extra special for me because he graduated from the same           high school I did, is attending my Alma Mater and is the nephew of my daughter’s basketball coach, J.C Benjamin.  One of Coach J.C.’s motivational sayings, something he teaches for overcoming adversity is,  “Player’s Play.”

That is exactly what Melvin did.

What is your edge of turning a mistake into a triumph?

We all make mistakes.  Do you let your mistakes define you?

Or are you willing to motivate yourself to turn your mistakes into a triumph?

Even if your mistake is embarrassing or requires you to do something that may be uncomfortable to you?

Are you willing to use that motivation to go, WILD (in a positive way) to overcome your mistake(s)?

Out There on the Edge of Everything®…

Stephen Lesavich, PhD

Co-author of the award-winning book:  The Plastic Effect:  How Urban Legends Influence the Use and Misuse of Credit Cards.