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What is your favorite career failure?

In 2004, I was not selected for the Australian Olympic team, which was a disappointment at the time. However, looking back it was one of the best things that ever happened to me. I moved to Canada to help my friend Simon train for the Olympics, where he eventually won a gold medal and put it around my neck. Additionally, I met the love of my life, Laura, and we later married.
 
Transcript: "Hey, Michael, really great question mate. I wouldn't say that. I have a career failure, so much as a career disappointment that turned into one of the best things that happened to me. And that was that the in 2004, the Sydney Olympic Games. I'd won on the course that you previous. I had been on the podium. The three years before that, I grew up a mile from the Sydney Olympic site, where it was going to be at the opera house. And anyway, was left off the Australian team ended up, being a bit of a court battle. It wasn't a joyous time the court battle didn't go my way. And I was pretty lost and bewildered. Anyway, young friend of mine. Simon. Whitfield said, Greg. Why don't you come over Canada? Help me get ready for the games and I did, and we trained relentlessly together for five, six months. And as it turned out, Simon went off to win the Olympic Games. He then stood on top of the die has got his gold medal and after he got his gold medal and was walking off. He ran up to the stadium and put the medal around my neck and said, this is yours. And when I Look back at my career highlights. That was a very, very special moment. And I love re telling that story because it was just such a special time. And you know, that was pre 9/11. So, you know, it was a bit looser and we could do those things. But on top of all of that, when I went to Canada help Simon train. I also met the woman of my dreams Laura and we were married. We were together right away and married after the 04 Olympics. And I always wonder if I'd been put on that Australian Olympic team, What would have happened both for my career and my relationships and everything going forward? So it was a really when I look back it was one of the the turning points in my life to be able to have that massive disappointment in that moment. But when you look back and big picture, it was one of the best things that ever happened to me. Cheers."
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Greg Bennett

🇦🇺 Olympian, 3x World Champ, CoS AnyQuestion
In 2004, I was not selected for the Australian Olympic team, which was a disappointment at the time. However, looking back it was one of the best things that ever happened to me. I moved to Canada to help my friend Simon train for the Olympics, where he eventually won a gold medal and put it around my neck. Additionally, I met the love of my life, Laura, and we later married.
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Brett Hawke

🇦🇺 5x Olympian - No.1 Swimming Podcast Host
Michael's favorite failure is from the Sydney Olympics in 2000 when he finished 13th in the semi-final and didn't make the final. This failure motivated him to become successful, as he went on a very dominant run for the next six years.
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Jan Frodeno

🇩🇪 All - Olympic 🥇 & 5x IM World Champ
Hamburg World Series 2010 was Javier Gomez's victory and it was a defining moment in my career as an athlete.
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Ed Baker

Founder & CEO of AnyQuestion
My favorite career failure is with Friendly, the first company I started. We never achieved product market fit and ended up selling to Facebook as a talent acquisition. Despite not being the outcome I was originally looking for, I learned so much in that experience, which has helped me become better equipped to build successful companies.
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T.J. Hagan

Sports Physician & Chiropractor
I had too much caffeine before presenting at a healthcare conference and my talk was shorter than it should have been.
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Melanie Marshall

Olympic & World Champ Coach, 🇬🇧Olympian
My favorite career failure was when I competed in the 4x200 relay in Beijing and we came 9th. Even though I was angry and disappointed, I was content because I had done all I could do in my career and walked away without any regrets or shame.