Making the Right Mistakes
“…Make mistakes of ambition and not mistakes of sloth. Develop the strength to do bold things, not the strength to suffer.”
In everything we do there is risk, whether we are driving to work, sitting at home, or cooking ground beef. What happens if you get in a car accident? What if sit on the couch too much, remain inactive, and increase your risk of heart disease? What if you cook your ground beef and accidentally contaminate the cooked food?
It might seem silly to make this comparison, but all of those activities have risks of varying degrees. What’s funny is, we really do not think about the risks associated with those things because they are considered normal in our culture. It is normal to drive, to sit on the couch, and to cook with ground beef, so no one gives a second thought. However, the moment you mention something that is not considered “normal”, for example, starting your own business in hopes of traveling the world and working less, people lose their minds. People will come from everywhere just to tell you that you should not follow this idea or dream and do their best to show you all the fears they think you should have.
Fear is a crazy thing, it is there to help keep us alive and to stop us from participating in risky behavior, which made sense hundreds or thousands of years ago, but now its appropriate for people to take risks regularly. If you look back in time for some context, at one point man had to hunt, farm, and trade to survive and moving far outside of those things and doing things that were “new” could be highly risky and even result in death. Just think about going on a hunting trip for sport to hunt a lion, not that I agree with doing this, but in the past it was highly risky, however today we can do things like this with relatively low risk when compared.
Now lets take a step forward back into the present, most people have things they want out of life that do not fit in with the culture of the majority. For example, most people want to travel, they want to work very little, make a lot of money, and be happy. If someone wanted these things hundreds or thousands of years ago it would have been nearly impossible to obtain, but today we can do these things with only the risk of some cash and the potential for failure. If you come up with a business idea for a product and take a calculated risk to test this product, then lose $1,000 that risk is EXTREMELY low. Even if you fail the great thing about failures is they create success by the process of elimination. Today I can go read hundreds of books that outline the failures of thousands of business owners and gain an understanding of what I should (and more importantly) should not be doing. So now not only do we have a low risk environment, we have guidance on how to have the greatest potential for success in a low risk environment.
I am not telling you to go and put all of your savings into 1 idea in the hopes to become a millionaire over night, but I am telling you that if you have aspirations to become something more than the people around you and you are not satisfied with the status quo, today is the day to take action. Create a plan, take calculated risks, and do something great, stop letting the people around you talk you out of being everything you are capable of being.
Lastly, if you are someone who needs to be held accountable or just needs a boost to stay motivated, find 2 friends you can talk to about what you want to do and your goals, then find 1 friend (or stranger, use the Internet) with similar goals whom you can connect with so that you can pull each other up to success.
I hope you got something out of this blog, I sure did. 🙂