I first saw this quote in a Converse ad, featuring Derrick Rose. Since then, I wanted it to be my daily mantra. We’ve been down so many times for many things. And each time, we just feel like giving up. It can apply not only to sports,  to love, practically anything about life.

I wanted to find out where this excellent soundbyte came from. And I found out that it was lifted from a well known Japanese proverb. In Romaji, it is translated as “nana korobi ya oki” It’s amazing how six words put together can create such a powerful message.

Nana korobi ya oki


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