Throughout our lives we are told to avoid making mistakes and usually for good reason. But there is one mistake that we need to redefine today so we can start on the path of growth and potential success.
So what are these mistakes I am alluding to? They are the mistakes of not starting and not going all the way once you have started.This notion of not starting and giving up is not new; Siddhartha Gautama, or as you may know him Buddha, stated, “There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth. Not going all the way, and not starting.” Our society has become stagnat when it comes to making moves and there is a reason for that, it’s because we fear failure. Failure to many is a bad thing, but failure really is not a bad thing if you know how to evaluate and use failure to your advantage by learning from it. Failure allows for you to continue on starting until you have reached whatever it is you want: disrupting a market, changing the excitement level in a relationship, propelling yourself above others in your workplace. It can literally be anything. But in order to get there you need to just start and continue on. Look at the many celebrities, investors, or business owners today and ask them about their journey and how they got there. They will not only tell you about their success but their failures and how they would not have reached their current situation unless they have started and taken the initiative.
A perfect highlight of this occurred with, the one and only, Mark Cuban. Mark Cuban graduated from Indiana University but during his years there, he opened a bar with his friends named Motley’s Bar. It closed because of an underage patron. Mark Cuban could have stopped because of this failed venture, but you know what Mark Cuban did? He kept on starting. After he graduated he moved to Dallas, broke and laced with student loans, and stayed with friends. Mark Cuban then started MicroSolutions and then Broadcast.com and later sold these two companies for billions. Would Mark have ever reached his potential had he not started? No. He took the risk and despite his past failure with owning a bar made money his way and to this day, Mark Cuban still makes mistakes in his investments on and off Shark Tank, but he continues on trucking.
The mistake of not starting stops today and you now know how to implement it into your life. Learn from Mark Cuban and the many other successful people around you. Be like Nike and “Just Do It.” Start and watch yourself grow not just in your career, but in relationships and in life.