It was April 5th of 1993, in the throws of March Madness. Eleven seconds of the title game were left on the clock, his team was losing 73-71. That’s when college basketball star Chris Webber infamously called a time-out when in fact his team, the Michigan Wolverines, had none left. This resulting foul sealed their loss. Days later, the dejected member of the iconic team of basketball players, known as the Fab Five, received a letter of support from a very unlikely source, The President Of the United States:
I have been thinking of you a lot since I sat glued to the TV during the championship game.
I know that there may be nothing I or anyone else can say to ease the pain and disappointment of what happened.
Still, for whatever it’s worth, you, and your team, were terrific. And part of playing for high stakes under great pressure is the constant risk of mental error. I know. I have lost two political races and made countless mistakes over the last twenty years. What matters is the intensity, integrity, and courage you bring to the effort. That is certainly what you have done. You can always regret what occurred but don’t let it get you down or take away the satisfaction of what you have accomplished.
You have a great future. Hang in there.
The lesson: Learn from your mistakes, and focus on what you have accomplished.