Something You Can Hang Your Hat On-Go Ahead, Make Mistakes

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Only some of us learn by other people’s mistakes. The rest of us have to be the other people.

If you’re not making mistakes, you’re not doing anything. Action is the only way to accomplish anything, and taking action will bring mistakes.

As you continue to take action, and to learn from the results of those actions, you develop a working knowledge of how to be effective. With this knowledge you can become whatever you want to be.

Mistakes are valuable reminders that you do not know it all. There is no better learning experience than making a mistake — that is, if you’re willing to admit that you’ve done so.

Mistakes are certainly no cause for shame. The greatest achievements require you to work your way through the greatest errors and misunderstandings.

Mistakes are not to be feared. For the same actions that enable you to make a mistake also put you in a position to correct it.

When you’re willing to accept the possibility of mistakes, you’re able to follow the best opportunities. When you become experienced at handling mistakes, you’ll be skilled at creating real value.

Success comes not from avoiding all mistakes, but from learning to find a positive way forward no matter what may happen. With each mistake, get over it, get wisdom from it, and become even more effective than you were before.

And that’s something you can hang your hat on.

-Kevin Engelbrecht

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