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I’m making some terrible mistakes right now

Posted in entrepreneurship by Steve Sammartino on May 1, 2014

The problem is that I’m not exactly sure what they are. The passing of time is the only thing that will actually reveal them to me. As much I want to avoid making mistakes, I know I’m doing some things right now which will just look silly or uninformed once I look back at them. Last night I was looking back at my life in 5 year increments thinking about the things I’ve done, some of the projects I’ve undertaken and how I would have done things differently in hind sight I look back to what I thought was right 5 years ago, and it seems glaringly obvious what the mistakes are. The interesting part is that it is not a one off. It seems to be true again and again – as every period of time elapses, there in the past lies a set of errors. It’s not like I am graduating from mistake making either – granted, they are not the same mistakes, but the process of making them is yet to desert me.

My history is a constant reminder of the truth. Like everyone, at least I assume, I have clear strategic and tactical vulnerability. I used to worry about it, but now I realise if what I did then, didn’t seem stupid now, then personal growth would not have been possible.

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  1. Erz Imam said, on May 1, 2014 at 11:38 am

    Failure and more importantly learning from the failure leads to personal growth. I just wish it didn’t hurt so bad when you are knee deep in the failing part. Nice post Steve.

  2. Steve Sammartino said, on May 1, 2014 at 11:40 am

    thanks Erz – I guess we need to keep reminding ourselves of the path, not the parts.

  3. Tom Howard said, on May 2, 2014 at 1:39 am

    A couple of relevant links I’ve really enjoyed lately…

    Econtalk: McArdle on Failure, Success, and the Up Side of Down

    http://www.econtalk.org/archives/2014/04/mcardle_on_fail.html

    (…and her book here http://www.amazon.com/The-Up-Side-Down-Failing/dp/067002614X/)

    My Favorite Heuristic for Evaluating Relationships: The Antifragile Person

    http://taylorpearson.me/the-antifragile-person/


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