Sick of Making Mistakes 3 Times Over?

2774810465_146ebe82f4Entrepreneurship is a hard game to play by yourself.  Actually, there is no game by yourself.  Crack out your Monopoly board game, pick your favorite shiny piece and roll the dice.  See how much fun you will have playing by yourself. 

Business is a game just like Monopoly. You have to learn how to play from somewhere.  You usually learn from sitting on the sidelines a few rounds or having someone actually teach you play by play how the game works.

There are certain rules to the game.  If you just tried to jump in and play, you are bound to make mistakes.  These mistakes can be costly.  Maybe passing up on property because you think you can’t afford it.

When you have been in business for a while, there comes to a point in business where many of these mistakes are not fun anymore.  Especially when they could have been avoided with some simple advice.

For a once so hard headed guy like me, I am now always open to taking it.  Young entrepreneurs don’t have to know it all in business or even appear to know it all for credibility’s sake.  You just have to surround yourself with people who do.  Have people in your life who you can ask questions.  I am staring some pretty stupid mistakes I have made in the face right now.  What frustrates me the most is that this is not the first time I made any of them.

You really have two options.  “Make the mistakes 2-3 times just to make sure you got them right” as my friend Carlos says, or find someone who has made the mistakes before you to compensate for your inexperience and weaknesses.  Reach up.  Reach very far up.  You will be surprised the caliber of people willing to work with you.  Inspire them through your ideas, drive and action, while humbling them with your humility (your willingness to grow).

“I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing.” -Socrates

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  • Mistakes are mistakes only if we call them that; for they are only a stepping stone to our greatness. I remind my clients to rephrase words like; mistake, accident, wrong decision, problem, etc. EVERYTHING in this life moves us forward; even those challenging situations that took us backwards. If you can look up from there, learn the lesson you can move quickly to get on the “more harmonizing” (right) path! It's all about perspective.

  • Good advice Brad. I'm glad that you have made some of those mistakes for me to learn from! lol.

  • Bradley, glad I read your blog. I can relate to the frustration of overcoming many repeated challenges in trying to make a difference. You are so right: there are plenty of genuine people out there who want to help others through social media. As I continued to network Online, I find this social generosity to be very true and full of possibility. I really enjoyed the post.

    Thank you,
    Adam Dustus

  • cathyyoung

    TheBusinessCoachMoms is right, mistakes are mistake and we learn things through it, being optimistic is also a good attitude about this. 🙂

    -cathy young

  • Mistakes are the learning blocks on which any great business (or business person) are built. Without mistakes, we would not see any improvement in products, services or people. Thanks for reminding everyone that it is ok to make mistakes Brad, as long as they don't make them too much or too many times.

  • End of the day, it's all part of learning. Re-frame mistakes as feedback, and free your mind from beating yourself up about them… and move forward.

  • End of the day, it's all part of learning. Re-frame mistakes as feedback, and free your mind from beating yourself up about them… and move forward.

  • Ailin

    I am binge reading your blog! Awesome blog! Honestly I like this blog more than Steve Pavlina!