All people and businesses experience setbacks. But it's very few who clearly define and synthesize their setbacks. Setbacks are opportunities for growth, and if they are clearly defined and synthesized the learning we can extract from them becomes much more potent and relevant for us moving forward.
Ice Hockey taught me to clearly define what aspects of my skills spectrum that needed more training and more thought to it. Whether it was shooting precision, skating skills or physical improvements - they all required deliberate practice and reasoning.
What I learned from studying
I went through severel setbacks on my way to my masters. I graduated from high school with such weak grades that I was unable to apply for any enrollment at a university. I had to go through 3 different businesses programs and several high school brush-up programs before I was eligible to apply for my bachelors.
So what did I learn? - I learned that the hard way is often the right way. Figuring out what we really find interesting and feel passionate about is vital for our ability to persevere when times get tough.
The most useful learning from my time at school will always be my ability to apply and aquire competence. Learning is the fuel for growth and competence, and learning is not a linear process.