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Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death.
-- Anais Nin
 

 

Monday, September 26, 2022

Make mistakes sooner

If you have even the slightest ambition, mistakes are inevitable. The sooner you make them, the better.

Don’t intentionally make mistakes, but don’t be afraid of them either. The sooner you make them, the longer you are able to benefit from what they teach you.

If you’re waiting to get started because you’re concerned about making a mistake, consider this. You’re going to make a mistake sooner or later, so you might as well make it sooner.

Put work and thought into anticipating and preventing what is likely to go wrong. Then put humility and curiosity into learning and improving based on what actually does go wrong.

Avoid wasting energy on the pretense that you’re perfect. Instead, put that energy into discovering and overcoming your imperfections.

Take action, make mistakes, improve the action, make more illuminating mistakes, and continue the upward trajectory. Make your mistakes at your earliest opportunity and you’re well on the way to success.

— Ralph Marston

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