Tony Hawk is a skateboarding legend. He started skating professionally at the age of 14, and has since become probably the most famous skater of all-time, particularly after featuring in a series of video games.
In 1999, he made history by landing the first ever ‘900’ at the X Games in San Francisco, which involves spinning around two-and-a-half times before landing successfully.
And having repeated it in 2011 at the age of 43, he’s now released a video of what may be the final time he ever completes the trick at the age of 48.
And this weekend, I’m going to show my son the video to share the most important lesson from it.
The video has obviously been edited down, but even so, I counted 7 falls before Tony Hawk successfully completes the trick.
That’s a 48-year-old, wealthy, legend throwing himself down a vert ramp. And doing it again, and again.
He’s not doing it as part of a promotion, or for a competition. And the seven failed attempts aren’t hidden from public view.
He’s overcoming the challenge despite failing several times because he wants to achieve something. And that’s the lesson. Sometimes we all need inspiration to keep pushing. Despite previous failures. Because we need to achieve something for ourselves.