Your job is to light a fire under your own backside, and make certain that you don’t come across looking like you are marking time between now and hereafter.
People are attracted to other people who are alive, energetic, and happy—who have ideas and crazy notions about life—who have kind things to say about others. So, if you truly want to be the exception, pick a game and then get into the game. Become a player.
Not Permitting Mistakes
What single factor stops most people from pursuing what they want to achieve? The answer: FEAR. Fear of what? Fear of failure or, on a more incremental basis, the fear of making mistakes. Believe it or not, many people exhibit a genuine fear of success.
In Seth Godin’s latest book, What To Do When It Is Your Turn, he tells us in no uncertain terms, “he who fails the most…wins.” This is not a negative mindset, but a reminder that your failure is an indication that you’re still in the game. If you keep playing the game long enough, you will soon have your fair share of victories. (Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.)
Here’s how you can accelerate your success record: Give yourself permission to make mistakes.
I’m not suggesting that you commit flagrant fouls. I’m asking you to allow yourself to experiment, and make the mistakes that come with trying to stretch beyond your current comfort zone. Mistakes are visible signs that you are trying to do something new.
Here is a corollary: Allowing yourself to make mistakes will actually make you, and your life, more interesting. The words “mistake” and “boring” are not synchronous.
Mistakes are never boring. To the contrary, mistakes can be catalysts for adrenaline surges. Some may be dangerous and others may be stupid. Some mistakes will be costly, while others will be painfully embarrassing. But without exception, they are never boring.
People are drawn to others who are not afraid to make mistakes, and who find it delightfully amusing to laugh at themselves. So stick your neck out now and then.
Stretch a little. Have a good laugh. Learn something. Make a mistake.
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