On making mistakes

November 24, 2009

I’ve been thinking today about being the best person you know how to be. And, that? If it’s the best you can do then it’s the only thing you can do.

In life, in business, there’s no other way to do it, which means that everyone – everyone – is going to make mistakes. It’s the only way you grow and it’s the only way that the best successes are developed. The point of all of this is to say that yes, you are going to make mistakes.

What? You missed that? Let me say it again: YOU ARE GOING TO MAKE MISTAKES.

And that’s ok! Mistakes are a necessary, expected part of growing. You know how they say in sales that the top salespeople have heard the word ‘No’ way more often than those that aren’t at the top? The same concept applies to growing as a person. To growing in business. The best and biggest successes are those that have made way more mistakes than everyone else. Additionally, the biggest successes are those that have not only made the mistakes, but have admitted them, apologized for them, and analyzed and learned from them. And that learning piece? That part is especially important, because if the lesson isn’t learned then the whole point of making the mistake is lost.

It seems simple, but it’s so fundamental. Want to be a success? Be the very best you know how to be. Make mistakes. Learn.

Then keep moving forward.

What do you think? How important do you think past mistakes have been to your success?

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