I’m a huge hockey fan, and growing up in Pittsburgh made me a Pens fan until the day I die. And tonight is the moment when trying their hardest matters most; facing elimination, down 3-0 in the series, and have only gotten 2 goals compared to 11 by the Bruins, the Penguins need this win. But before we worry about how to celebrate the first of 4 straight wins (hey, I am an eternal optimist) let’s look back at game 3, and see how even when trying their hardest, you can still come up short.
We should all know the outcome of that game, 2-1 in double overtime. I got to bed at 12:45 am. It was worth it, but I couldn’t help but feel deflated after that loss. The Pens dominated at least 2/3 of that game, but a few key post shots, or turnovers and we’re behind 3-0 in a best of 7 series.
And even with everything stacking up against them going into that game, they were trying their hardest to win. They didn’t just need to, they wanted to. You could feel their energy throughout the game, just building and building, waiting to burst through in a few quick bursts with a couple of huge goals.
And they tried. And tried. And tried.
And then they came up short. On a turn over in double overtime, Boston scored.
It seemed like all of that hard work, all that passion, was all for not. What so many people fail to realize though, is that success is simply trying one more time than you have failed. I saw that on a wall poster in the Cardinals locker room in Jerry Maguire, so it has to be true. I mean, look at that story; fail, try, fail, try, fail, try, success.
The Pens, just like any other successful person should, will get on the ice
tonight, and not hang their heads. They will not give up at the first puck drop. They will not roll over and die for the playoffs. They will go out there, and try their hardest. They will hustle, work, and win. Because they know what’s truly on the line. This could be their last chance, their last effort for the season, for their career, for their lives, and they will leave it all on the ice after the final buzzer goes off. Whether or not they win, well that’s up to them.
What are you going to do today to get up, wipe the dirt off you, and go out and try one more time? What’s your next success?