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Made a mistake? Great! Now fix it!

November 9, 2010
Fix it!

Fix it!

We’ve all taken exams before. We’ve all done homework before. That’s just how life is. We turn in something to someone, they look it over, tell us what’s wrong with it, and then we look at what we did wrong.

At times, my exams turned more into a coloring book of red ink than it was a returned exam.

The question is, what did we do with our returned work? Did we toss it away? Did we use it as firewood? Did we make a paper airplane out of it? Or did we learn from it? I find that the best way to learn in school is to make mistakes. Why did I get number 3 wrong? Because I didn’t understand this concept. I better go study it more.

Well, the same principle applies in life. Are you letting your mistakes get in the way of your success? Many times, people are afraid to venture out

because they’re afraid of failing. They’re afraid of losing. They’re afraid of making a mistake. Guess who those people are? The mediocre people who stay “comfortable” with their lives… I dunno about you, but I’m not comfortable with my life. I know that I can make it better. Ergo, I will strive to make it better.

So you’ve determined your mistake. How do you fix it?

Easy, consult the textbook! Or in the case of real life (where no textbook exists), consult someone who is already successful. Ask someone who’s in the same line of work as you are, who has probably made that mistake before, and ask what they did to get out of their hole. If your marriage is failing, and you know why but don’t know what to do about it, ask someone who was on the brink of divorce but managed to save it. If you don’t know anyone, read a book. There are tons of books on marriage. Zig Ziglar is a good marriage author. So is Gary Chapman. So go find an authority on the subject, gain the information, and apply it!

“What?” you ask, “apply it?”

Yes! Apply the information! Oftentimes I see people who read lots of books and know so much about everything in the world… but it doesn’t show! They read books on how to be a better person… but they are bona fide jerks! C’mon, raise your hands, who knows some real jerks?? Anyone? Only me? Ah well. C’est la vie.

Or some people read Kiyosaki to learn how to get financially free. Then I see them buying a venti caramel Frappuccino every day. It’s as if they are reading just to say they read. But they don’t apply. And then they wonder why they aren’t getting the results they want, even though they know how to get there. Knowing is step one. Action is step two.

What is step three? Share it. So you can guess what my next post will be about.

Till then, stay sharp!

To your success,

Rasheed

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