You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. This was on a No Fear tee shirt I had when I was growing up. The quote is attributed to Wayne Gretzky but my tee-shirt was about basketball. As a huge basketball fan and a player myself, this was a motto I aspired too. I didn’t always abide by it and I look back now and wish I could have some of that time back. I wish that the open shot that I had, that I had caught in rhythm, I had taken. What was the worst that could happen? A missed shot happens all the time in basketball, no matter what level you play at. Take Michael Jordan for instance, arguably the greatest basketball player of all time. Everyone remembers the final shot versus Utah Jazz in the 1998 NBA Final series. With that huge crossover on Byron Russell, Jordan rose at the top of the key and drained what would prove to be the game-winner. What nobody remembers is that Jordan missed 20 shots that game, shooting 15 of 35 (42%). Everybody remembers the highlight reel and THAT shot. So much went before that shot. There were mistakes, turnovers, missed shots but when the opportunity presented itself, Michael didn’t pass, he took the shot. That shot is now forever captured on his highlight reel. The 20 shots he missed that game doesn’t make the cut. They were important though. To score a lot, you have to take a lot of shots. To score a lot, you have to be prepared to miss a lot. To score a lot, you have to be prepared to take each shot like it is a brand new opportunity and shoot with the mindset that it’s already going in. For those of us wanting to live exceptional lives (which I would harness a guess and say is everyone), switch score with succeed. To succeed a lot, you have to take a lot of shots. To succeed a lot, you have to be prepared to miss a lot. To succeed a lot, you have to be prepared to take each shot like it is a brand new opportunity and shoot it like it’s already going in. Nobody remembers the missed shots you took. People remember your highlight reel. So step up and take that shot. You’ve got nothing to lose.