What is your first reaction when you read the word ‘failure’? Most of us think of failure as something negative, something to avoid at all cost. In fact, some of us might even ride into the competition arena with one goal in mind, to not make any mistakes. Similarly, you might exit the arena immediately criticizing yourself for the one mistake you made, not noticing all the other great jumps that you nailed.

Failure is a loaded word for most of us. When I asked top ranked riders like Laura Kraut, Daniel Deusser, and McLain Ward about how they deal with failure , however, I was struck by the resemblance of their answers (read on for more on that). What I have learned as a result is that the way we view failure has a huge impact on our confidence and our ability to keep learning and growing in the sport.

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