Saturday, 14 February 2009

Lessons from my 25 biggest mistakes

The day is not over yet and I have already made 14 mistakes. Most were negligible, a few bad, only one very bad. None have been catastrophic. Otherwise, you wouldn't be reading this.

It is not that I love making mistakes, but I am not afraid of them. I have made so many that I have become used to expect less than perfect results in everything I do.

My tolerance has not made me less demanding. On the contrary, my acceptance of an imperfect reality is what enables me to improve on a daily basis.

I have learned to watch the weather w
hen I am sailing. I no longer get angry at the changing wind. I am willing to correct the course of my ship as often as I need.

From each mistake, there has always been a gain. The pain has been washed away by the rain and only benefits have remained. From my long experience, let me show you what I have learned.
  1. A deal is 100% made only when a contract has been signed.
  2. Don't stop pushing before you cross the end-line.
  3. Always have a back-up plan.
  4. Do things fast and check them long.
  5. Eating healthily pays enormous dividends.
  6. A little preventive action here and there will save you a fortune.
  7. Never place more than 5% of your investments on a single venture.
  8. First impressions will fool you over and over.
  9. Superficiality carries no weight with thoughtful people.
  10. Good manners are the best investment.
  11. When you intend to do something, write it down.
  12. All resources are limited, so have clear priorities.
  13. If you ever must deal with criminals, it is perfectly ethical to lie for self-defence.
  14. Buy insurance for your major risks. Sooner or later, bad things happen.
  15. Learning to judge people accurately will keep you away from trouble.
  16. Most things don't matter much in the long term.
  17. Acting on principle is always the most practical, although it's rarely easy.
  18. You gain lots of self-confidence by learning to do things yourself.
  19. It is amazing how much you can learn from books.
  20. Peace of mind and independent thinking are major, but rare achievements.
  21. History is a great teacher.
  22. Patience and persistence play an essential role in success
  23. Memorizing leads to dead knowledge. Real learning begins with curiosity.
  24. Focus on your strengths.
  25. Define what is important. That's where you should concentrate your resources.
Mistakes come in all sorts and colours. Learn to see them as steppingstones leading you to a higher plateau.

Accept mistakes and use them to your advantage. If you go with the flow, there is no limit how far you can row.

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

[Image by jurek d. under Creative Commons Attribution License. See the license terms under http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us]

Lessons from my 25 biggest mistakes

The day is not over yet and I have already made 14 mistakes. Most were negligible, a few bad, only one very bad. None have been catastrophic. Otherwise, you wouldn't be reading this.

It is not that I love making mistakes, but I am not afraid of them. I have made so many that I have become used to expect less than perfect results in everything I do.

My tolerance has not made me less demanding. On the contrary, my acceptance of an imperfect reality is what enables me to improve on a daily basis.

I have learned to watch the weather w
hen I am sailing. I no longer get angry at the changing wind. I am willing to correct the course of my ship as often as I need.

From each mistake, there has always been a gain. The pain has been washed away by the rain and only benefits have remained. From my long experience, let me show you what I have learned.
  1. A deal is 100% made only when a contract has been signed.
  2. Don't stop pushing before you cross the end-line.
  3. Always have a back-up plan.
  4. Do things fast and check them long.
  5. Eating healthily pays enormous dividends.
  6. A little preventive action here and there will save you a fortune.
  7. Never place more than 5% of your investments on a single venture.
  8. First impressions will fool you over and over.
  9. Superficiality carries no weight with thoughtful people.
  10. Good manners are the best investment.
  11. When you intend to do something, write it down.
  12. All resources are limited, so have clear priorities.
  13. If you ever must deal with criminals, it is perfectly ethical to lie for self-defence.
  14. Buy insurance for your major risks. Sooner or later, bad things happen.
  15. Learning to judge people accurately will keep you away from trouble.
  16. Most things don't matter much in the long term.
  17. Acting on principle is always the most practical, although it's rarely easy.
  18. You gain lots of self-confidence by learning to do things yourself.
  19. It is amazing how much you can learn from books.
  20. Peace of mind and independent thinking are major, but rare achievements.
  21. History is a great teacher.
  22. Patience and persistence play an essential role in success
  23. Memorizing leads to dead knowledge. Real learning begins with curiosity.
  24. Focus on your strengths.
  25. Define what is important. That's where you should concentrate your resources.
Mistakes come in all sorts and colours. Learn to see them as steppingstones leading you to a higher plateau.

Accept mistakes and use them to your advantage. If you go with the flow, there is no limit how far you can row.

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

[Image by jurek d. under Creative Commons Attribution License. See the license terms under http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us]