A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing. -George Bernard Shaw
Simple fact…you’re going to mess up, make mistakes, hurt others and get hurt. Big ones, little ones, ones you can fix and others you can’t.
Unless…you do nothing.
I’ve had so many people ask me, over the last few years…
What if I make the wrong choice? What if do something I thought I really wanted to do, then find out I either didn’t want to do it or was going about it the wrong way?”
And, my answer is always, “what if you do?”
Rare is the opening salvo that ends up a homerun. Life is a constant stream of best guesses and course corrections. And, that’s okay. It’s the way it’s supposed to be. Because, it’s in the process of figuring out how to correct course and recover that our greatest moments, our rawest emotions, our deepest humanity, our triumphs and relationships rise to the surface and define who we are.
Fact is, I have not yet seen the success that wasn’t preceded by a series of mistakes.
Mistakes are just signposts that you’re one more action closer to success, but you’ve got to CHOOSE to see it that way. Because if you see mistakes, failure only as something to be avoided at all costs, you’ll end up shutting down. Withdrawing from action. Paralyzed by the fear of making the wrong choice.
And that, my friends, is a fate far worse than failure.
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