First, it’s not easy to find one specific thing.
At the time, I shared what I believed to be one of my greatest strengths (and it also doubles as one of my greatest weaknesses):
My willingness to make mistakes.
In many ways, I feel like I have failed my way to success. In some cases I’ve failed so often, I’ve almost eliminated all options that wouldn’t work to leave the only remaining option that would work. Seriously. I’ve often felt like I’m a slow learner at some things—although wildly persistent.
The longer I’m in business, the more I realize that success is relative to each person and where they are in life. I realize that my approach may not be a fit for many. I’ve often been called a bull in a china shop because I’ve sometimes taken the approach: Fire! Get ready, then aim.
In many cases that approach has served me well, and admittedly it’s also caused some learning opportunities, aka mistakes, and some setbacks, too.
I’ve heard Dan Sullivan say that this is: “Extreme Market Research.”
Experience can be a great teacher, right?
But here’s the thing. In my career, I’ve had a chance to interview over 300 experts and industry leaders. I’ve also found that a common trait is the willingness of these experts and leaders to adapt, improve, and innovate in spite of any errors, mistakes, or what most may see as failures.
In fact, these leaders have an attitude that failure is not failure; rather, it’s an opportunity to learn, grow, and improve.
I was lucky in one respect, because I spent almost 20 years playing a sport I loved—baseball. And it’s a known fact that you’re considered successful when you fail 7 out of 10 times. That would give a player a .300 batting average. To put it in perspective, soon to be baseball “Hall of Famer” and New York Yankee, Derek Jeter has a .265 average this season—(well below his lifetime .310 average) and no one can consider him a failure!
And that’s the lesson for you today.
Be willing to embrace mistakes, learn, improve, adapt, and modify—but by all means, keep moving forward.
I’ve also even seen this approach work with Kira and Kyler (my two kids) who are 8 and 6. My wife and I had noticed that they seemed to carry judgment, embarrassment, or guilt around the mistakes they would make as it related to their schoolwork.
We chose to shift the approach, and instead of trying to get things ‘perfect’ we celebrated the things they did right, as well as their mistakes. Rather than pointing it out as a ‘mistake’ that is ‘wrong’ we have shifted the conversation to recognize that mistakes are simply opportunities to learn and get better.
They now open up even more with the things they’re learning and seem to enjoy it much more too…
If it can work for an 8 and a 6 year old, could it work for you?
Another way you can look at it is to take what Dan Sullivan calls the “80% approach.” You don’t have to get it exactly right.
Or as Jack Canfield says: “You don’t have to get it perfect. You simply have to get it going”.
Drive it 80% of the way, and then be willing to improve it as you go.
Now, granted, you don’t want to fly completely blind into projects or opportunities. Plan and identify:
• What’s most important to you?
• What would have to happen in order for you to have success?
• What’s the worst that could happen?
• What’s the best that could happen?
And then, lay out a few action steps and get started. You’ll learn more by doing than evaluating, analyzing, and being stuck on getting it perfect. Over-analysis creates paralysis.
Remember being in the sandbox as a kid? You had big dreams, big goals, and had fun. Open your mind to that childlike enthusiasm, without judgment, blame, or guilt. Now is your time!
Take action. Do your best, and ditch the rest.
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