“Don’t waste a good mistake…learn from it.” Robert Kiyosaki
If mistakes are the way to success then why are we so afraid of them?
When you think about it though it kind of makes sense that we recoil from them because as children we may have felt scolded or criticized for getting an answer wrong in the classroom or dismissed by an impatient parent or sibling.
Erroneous conclusion reached; mistakes = feeling bad and/or not good enough.
Because these experiences were often painful but subtle & repeated over time is it any wonder we learned to avoid this feeling of being wrong so vehemently?
I think not. Who wants to feel that?
But what if society got it wrong? What if it’s true that making mistakes ensures that we are making progress. How could we possibly make progress by standing still & only repeating what we have done so far? That does not make sense to me.
Ask yourself “How can I get something completely right when I haven’t done it before?” Now that is impossible.
In Book Arb we have made tons of mistakes. We have bought some bad books. But how would we know a good book if we hadn’t bought a bad one?
We have bought good books at the wrong time i.e. we didn’t understand the timing of the market & now we do. We have repriced ineffectively & thereby slowed our success overall.
We have done things in the wrong order thereby causing inconsistency in our daily performance. For example, logging our books from the day before first thing in the morning, instead of buying more books to grow our business first & then doing the less essential administration work.
Again, if we didn’t learn to improve our daily practices, to learn from our mistakes, then how would we grow & improve?
Ask yourself is there a benefit to embracing mistakes instead of recoiling from them? It’s the same circumstance you’re facing but which approach will bring results faster? “Mistakes are bad, I’m bad at this or Mistakes are good, I’m really good at this.”
Since mistakes are a necessary part of the journey then making friends with them seems like a really good idea to me.
For one thing, they are going to keep showing up. For another it’s a signpost that we’re progressing. For another it is the road to success. So it’s all good news.
“Your best teacher is your last mistake.” ~ Unknown
How about that as an empowering idea to cause us to consider where we are & what we can do better to improve our performance.
With a different mindset i.e. mistakes are good it means not only are they not bad, but they can be the rocket fuel required to grow when we learn the lesson from it.
We went to the trouble of making the mistake, we might as well go to the trouble of benefiting from it.
If we learn from our mistakes then we don’t need to keep checking up on them. Once we’ve made the mistake & corrected it we do not need to repeat it.
This shift in thinking means that I do not suffer mistakes at all. I just keep progressing sure in the knowledge that I am succeeding as they are my friends who show me I’m making progress.
Next, I will share how to let go of the bad books in an easy way….