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Mistakes: How To Use Them To Better You & Your World

Mistakes - How To Use Them To Better You & Your World

There are many things people do not like making. For example, single people who are having sex don’t want to make babies. And nobody wants to make mistakes.

Mistakes are an essential part of life. Without them, it won’t be super cool to be alive today. The first computer in the world was a mistake compared to what we have today. It was just too big and could not do 1% of what some of our super computers can do today. But if that computer was never built, maybe we won’t have had all the cool computers we have today. Have you seen the first camera that was ever built? Today, we have drones taking pictures.

We should never be afraid to make mistakes. The fear of mistakes is one of the biggest success-inhibitor of all time.

People who do not want to make mistakes

  1. Want everything to be perfect before acting
  2. Stay unsuccessful in the area of their fear for so long, some throughout their life time
  3. Have less self-confidence than those who try out things whether they are perfect or not
  4. Do not take baby steps. Without these steps, you won’t get inspiration and confidence to take the big ones.

Why we should embrace mistakes

Done is better than waiting forever to perfectly do something

I wrote my first published book, The Z of Marketing in 2007. I was excited. But I could not just bring myself together to get it published because I felt that I need to do something more to the book. Then my friend asked me “if you do not release this book now as it is, how will you have a revised edition?” That got to me. But 6 years had already passed and many things had changed. It took me a few more months to bring the book unp to date. But I didn’t waste time. I published!

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People who are not afraid of making mistakes get things done faster than those who are

It is good to research and do your home work before stepping out to do anything. However, it is also good to just step our when you have “enough” information about what you want to achieve. See what theory-tester.com writes “At night in good driving conditions the full headlights of a car will typically let you see 100 metres ahead. So, you should travel at a speed that allows you to stop within that distance.” But you can travel a long distance by driving that distance per time. Step out.

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People who are not scared of mistakes take risks all the time

If you are afraid of making mistakes, you won’t take risks. It is time to step out and take action on your dreams and expectation. There is a story in the Bible about a group of lepers who decided to take a risk and go to the camp of the Assyrian army. On getting there, the army had fled, supposing that another army was coming against them. They gathered wealth to themselves and saved a whole nation. Imagine they did not take that risk.

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If you don’t step out despite the mistakes, beta will elude you

In software design, an app is said to be ready for beta testing after it has gone through a first stage in which users can make use of it and share feedback. Makeuseof.com says “You might be able to surmise by now that a product enters beta testing when all of the core functionality has been implemented and it passes alpha testing standards.” A better you emerges as you step out everyday to do those things you have planned to do.

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What to do with your mistakes

Here I am not asking you to deliberately make mistakes. I am saying that you should not allow fear of mistakes to stop you from doing what you know to do. After all, if you make mistakes, you can turn them around for your good by following the steps below.

  1. Tell a story
  2. Share your lessons
  3. Present innovations
  4. Become the expert
  5. Start a movement

Tell a Story

What is your story? Somebody wants to hear your story. There is power in storytelling and everyone who has a story has that power. Your story can become your reference. Willie Jolley would not have had an epic story if he did not make mistakes. What is your mistake? Turn it into a story.

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Share your lessons

The people that are most taken serious are those who speak from experience. The fact that you have made a mistake before only shows that you have some experience in the matter. So, share the lessons you learned as a result of your mistakes. For example, if you failed a particular exam several times before finally passing it, you can begin to teach other people by sharing the lessons you learnt in the process. Thats your message. Sometimes, no mistakes, no message.

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Present innovations

I am not saying people who make mistakes are more innovative. I am just saying that they know what will not work since they already have mistakes up their sleeves. Thomas Edison said whenever he failed at the light bulb project, he considered it another way the thing will not work. That opened his mind to more genius.

Become an expert

If you have a story in an area you have made mistakes before, learn more about the subject. Research, gather more facts and information and become the “go to” expert for everyone who will encounter difficulty in that area in future. And who knows – you might even get paid for providing much needed insight.

Start a movement

One idea can change the world. If you create an expert practice out of your mistake and inspire other people who also want to become experts in that area, the ripple effect can be phenomenal. You just might change the world. All you need do is start from where you are – one person at a time.

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