Baseball Game. National Anthem.

A 7-year-old boy who sang the Australian National Anthem before a baseball game had his performance “ruined” by the hiccups, or so say, more than a few TV broadcasters, including my very own broadcaster in San Francisco.

Wow! No wonder folks are afraid to make mistakes, because everyone around them makes sure to point out the mistake, and in the process, ruin people. I, on the other hand, thought it was a momentous moment. Why? Because even though he hiccupped all the way through the song, he never stopped singing. He did not miss a beat! How many people would have given up because you believed someone would say that you made a mistake?

On a positive note, the crowd at the baseball game did give the kid, Ethan Hall, a rousing ovation when he finished singing.

Hockey Game. YouTube. 

Back in 2006, a Canadian woman attempted to sing the American National Anthem at an NHL hockey game. She forgot the words and walked off the ice two times to compose herself, and when she came back for a third try she slipped on the ice and fell. She then rushed off the ice for a third time and didn’t return. The video of this unfortunate incident is now on YouTube and has hundreds-of-thousands of views.

We like to see folks triumph over the odds, or so we claim, but we do very little to support them in making that happen.  If success occurs, we love and admire them after the fact because everyone loves a winner. Just take, for example, how many folks hated the Golden State Warriors for years while they were at the bottom of the NBA heap. Now that Stephen Curry and an oh-so-cool young team are in the money, everyone loves them.

Mistakes. Risk.

As we see, it can be difficult when we make mistakes, especially with all the naysayers out there who never even bother to take a chance or risk something, but it only becomes a failure when we give up. People will always love you when you are on top or when you are successful, but it’s the people who believed in you while you were struggling and making mistakes who are the true friends.

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