The Biggest Mistake You Can Make: Never Trying
“My position on mistakes–as someone who has committed a countless number of them–is simple: You are going to make them. And as long as they are not too costly, and you learn from them–and both those things are non-negotiable–then they are ‘simply’ the cost of doing business.
Mistakes are not the same thing as failure.The way I think about the difference is this: If you make a mistake and live to fight another day it is momentarily hurtful, but not much more than that. … A failure is when you are devastated and you can’t recover.
So, (small) mistakes are good (since you learned from them and you know what not to do next time.) Large scale failures are bad. (Because there may be no tomorrow.) But there is one thing worse than large scale failures – and that is not starting anything new at all, i.e. never trying. …
The poet John Greenleaf Whitter got it right when he said: “Of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these, ‘It might have been.’
Don’t be one of those people who have regrets.”