How do YOU define success? How do YOU classify failure? Success and failure can mean a lot of different things to a variety of people. Regardless of your answer, everyone’s definition is going to be slightly different. When you defined the word “success”, did it involve hate losing, makes minimal mistakes, positive attitude, and never stop trying? What about the word “failure”? Was it the exact opposite of your success definition? 

Whatever you decided to put down for success and failure, we are going to redefine them with a new perspective about basketball, school, and life. For this new perspective, you have to have that mindset that will allow you to put it on the line when needed the most, takes chances, be one step ahead of others, go all out, and be different from the others. Even if you end up failing at something, doesn’t mean it’s over. It just means its a minor set back, a hiccup, hit the sleep button on your computer, etc. The last thing you want to do is completely avoid possible mistakes, failures, errors, etc. These failures help you grow as an individual. You need to sometimes go through the bad to get to the good!

Here are some examples of good definitions for “success” and “failure”.


  1. Never Stop
  2. Quit and Be Quit On
  3. Honor Values
  4. Give All That I Have


  1. Be Safe
  2. Can’t Stay Aggressive
  3. Soft
  4. Quit Before Trying

Written by:

Sarah Grippi

Basketball Mindset