Sunday, May 06, 2007

The man who never made a mistake never made anything.

The man who never made a mistake never made anything.

This is great consolation as you look at the pipe you have just burst or the piece of wallpaper the lady in your life has noticed is upside down.

Mistakes do happen even to the most able of people. It might be your technique is lacking or your attention wandered or you have grown tired and need a break. Whatever, sooner or later something will go wrong. The important thing is how you react to this. Throw a tantrum? Kick the cat? Blame everyone in earshot? No, this might bring temporary relief but it solves nothing. All the sages will tell you to think positively: learn what you don't know, clear out distractions, have a rest. Tackle the issue, deal with it, move on.

Many people who dream of success never get down and dirty with it because of their fear of failure. Keep repeating this saying and resolve to tackle something new. And even if it is a total disaster you will have tried, and remember: third time lucky. If at first you don't succeed try, try, and try again.

As someone once said: The greatest mistake is fearing to make one.

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