A fellow Toastmaster tipped me off to Steve Pavlina’s Personal Development blog. (Steve, it turns out, is also a Toastmaster.) So I started getting Steve’s feeds recently, and couldn’t resist his 10 Business Lessons From a Snarky Entrepreneur. These are all good tips, and a few of them are surprising. My favorite is one of the surprising ones, #5 – Fail Your Way Forward. Here’s what Steve says,
Recognize that Ready, fire, aim is superior to ready, aim, aim, aim. Straightforward trial and error produces better results than endless vacillating. If you´re afraid to make decisions and act on them in the face of ambiguity and uncertainty, get a job. Failure´s lessons are essential to success.
Sure, errors are a nuisance. But don’t think of them as failures. As I love to repeat (if you think you can identify the author of this quote please let me know):
Commitment is what keeps you from from quitting when you hit rejection, disappointment and failure. In fact to someone committed, failure doesn’t exist. It’s just one more way that didn’t work.