“The better a man is, the more mistakes he will make, for the more new things he will try. I would never promote to a top-level job a man who was not making mistakes. . . otherwise he is sure to be mediocre.”
— Peter Drucker
Peter Drucker is widely known as the management guru of the 20th century. To read this statement from him is awesome. So many employers are looking for people who don’t make mistakes (as if they really exist. . .). They want people who make the right decisions all the time. Consequently, they are disappointed and change people often looking for the ‘super star.’
I’ve made a lot of mistakes over the years, but I rarely worry about them. I feel like it is best to give it your best shot with the best intentions and then learn from that experience however it turns out. The good news is that I have made a lot of successes as well. Indeed, some of the so-called failures were movements toward eventual success.
Then, who is the judge of the failure or success? They say that a spaceship fails its way to the moon with many mid-course corrections and in those, it succeeds on hitting the target. Without those little ‘failures,’ it would not arrive at the destination. That’s a fair way to look at our own lives and actions, don’t you think? We can ‘fail’ our way all the way through life as long as we learn from the experience and we have a destination in mind. This might give a whole new definition of succeeding.
So, the morale of this story: Get out there and make some mistakes! Give it your best shot. Learn from the data. Keep on keeping on. It’s all good!
Here’s to your success at failing!
I Fail, Yet I Succeed! Kind Of Like Babe Ruth!
Spread Some Joy Today–Is there something you’ve been holding off doing for fear of not getting it right? Today is a good day. Go for it!