Try fast, fail fast, keep trying and never give up. It is hard to hit the nail on the head your very first try, and depending on how high you are aiming, it might be next to impossible, but there is always that chance. This is why winners try fast, fail fast, keep trying and most importantly never give up. There are many things that you don’t know how to do and trial and error is the best way to learn knew skills and gain invaluable experience. We're all human, and that means we are equally gifted and hindered in many different ways. The thing to remember is to never say never, because above all, we are adaptable.
You can learn much faster by trying faster and failing more times in a shorter period, as Reid Hoffman said "If you're going to fail, fail fast, and move onto the next thing."
You learn at a slower pace when you are too slow to take action, or admit you've failed. When you make the decision to try fast, you will learn at a faster rate and know what things work and what things don’t work. This is how you gain experience. Through action, not inaction.
You can make the necessary adjustments along the way to make things right and move closer to your goals, just because you start off in the wrong direction doesn't mean you have to continue that way. Adaptability is the corner stone of the entrepreneurial spirit. If you are slow to take action, you jeopardize the everything you are trying to achieve and reduc eyour potential to progress.
You will face lots of frustrations during your learning process. However, don’t give up. Keep on trying out new ideas that you have picked up. Keep doing those that work and kick away ideas that don’t work. Most of them won't work initially. I used to have a terrible habit of trying to bend my environment to suit the road I was on, it took me a few years to realize that you are fully in control of the trail you blaze. If something isn't working, or is stunting your growth, kick it to the side, and get onto the winning path.
There is a short cut to this process. Get yourself a mentor or a coach. Someone who has been there before. Remember, you're going to have to go through it all regardless. but sometimes it can be easier with the right guidance and direction. Whether you want to lose weight or start your own business, a mentor who has been there can help you move faster towards your goal, not just by pointing out the stumbling blocks along the way, but by letting you fall, and being there to help pick you up, and get you back on track.
Since they had already reached where you want to be, they will know about the challenges that you will face and what will work for you. Borrow their knowledge and you will achieve your goals in a much shorter amount of time. All be it, no less of a roller-coaster ride to get there.
If you decide to make a difference to your life, consider this: Do I just want to change my own life? That's a pretty easy goal to loose sight of. However, if you decide that you want to change the world. Well that my friends is something you're much less likely to stray away from.
"Don't go the well worn path, go where no man has gone before and leave a trail."
If you think you have what it takes to help change the world, one bit at a time, contact me.
I'm a skeptic at heart. I adopt the old adage that only the paranoid survive. Which on it's face seems pretty logical. The world isn't always a safe place. In business you can almost always be sure that someone is trying to take your business from you. So being skeptical is a good thing, right?
Well yes, it is. Only, if you don't pepper your general skepticism with some self-belief, you can doubt yourself. I'll be honest. I've doubted myself on many occasions in the past. Recently though I've started to doubt myself less. I suppose that probably has a lot to do with gaining more experience.
Don't get me wrong, I've always had belief in myself to do the right thing and make the right decisions when it counts. The logical decisions are easy, they're quantifiable. As Warren Buffet once famously said "I've made decisions that have cost us billions, but conventional accounting doesn't record that... But trust me it happened."
I just sometimes feel that maybe I could have made a better decision. Extracted a bit more value. It's that 20/20 hindsight that makes me doubt my decision making abilities by times. Like I said though, my experience is changing how I make decisions. It's giving me more confidence that I'm making better decisions every day. I guess that is just how life works.
When you're young and starting out in business, you're so afraid of failing, you're so afraid of making bad decisions, but I guess it's true what they say, we learn from our mistakes, our failures make us stronger, and experience can't be bought.
My advise to anyone starting out in business, is if you're unsure about something, ask someone. Maximise your chances of making good decisions. Don't expect to always make the best ones, but maximise your chances. Have belief in yourself, without that you're going no-where. Focus on the details, but don't get bogged down in the little things. Pick yourself up and carry on. Remember, you had enough belief in yourself to start, nothings changed.
"If you're willing to keep moving forward, eventually you will succeed."
All opinions and views expressed are my own, they do not necessarily reflect the positions of my businesses.
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