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Bulldogs focus on big picture after loss


Grenfell is a senior public relations and management double major and can be reached at @carly.grenfell@drake.edu

Grenfell is a senior public relations and management double major and can be reached at @carly.grenfell@drake.edu

World-renowned business and personal success coach, Robert Kiyosaki, explains failure in an interesting light.

He says, “One of the most important messages you can reinforce each day is that failure is a part of success. That it’s a necessary stop on the road to greatness. That although playing it safe feels more comfortable, the discomfort of mistakes will help them grow as athletes and people.”

It was a tough loss for our team this past weekend. In fact, it still stings.

But the way I see it is onward and upward from here.

There is still a whole lot of basketball to be played.

All we can do at this point is not only learn from our mistakes and move forward, but believe there are better things ahead if we do exactly that.

With that said, it surely doesn’t get any easier from here with back-to-back games against Iowa State and Wisconsin.

That is what preseason is for, to be as prepared as we possibly can for the conference season.

Nothing ever really gets easier, though.

Even being a senior does not make the journey of playing college basketball any less challenging.

You grow more than you could ever even imagine, but that growth comes from those challenges year after year, game after game, day in and day out.

The only thing that really changes is your mindset.

The journey, and the successes and failures you encounter along the way, still remains something you have to fight your butt off for.

I would imagine life’s journey is somewhat similar.

To think it will get easier from here on out is probably a little bit naive.

We graduate college. We start working full-time jobs, maybe we get married along the way and start raising kids of our own.

Nothing about that says “easy,” but everything about that screams “worth it.”

Some of the best advice I’ve ever been given is to look at the big picture.

One day, being a college athlete will be no more. Those days will come to an end.

So, appreciate the bad ones even when it seems impossible to do.

The journey isn’t easy nor will it ever be easy.

Fight for what you believe in and the rest will fall into place.

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