Mistakes are a fact of life. I’m not a fan, but I’ve become a bit of a connoisseur of late.
Not so much in the mistakes themselves but in how different people deal with them. Apparently, some people are so averse to making mistakes, they hate even the appearance of making a mistake.
The folks I’m talking about are serious about their craft. They will avoid responsibility, shift blame and throw anyone under whichever bus is handy.
The thing is, all of that silliness is pretty counterproductive if you’re trying to get to that BIG WOW level of performance.
You don’t get to be a high achiever by going through anal acrobatics just to avoid getting scuffed up. High achievers try to make as many mistakes as they can, as often as they can and as fast as they can.
To get to the BIG WOW you’ve got to crowd the plate and swing for the fences! And make no mistake, you are definitely going to get hit with a pitch from time to time.
Now before you folks with bovine tendencies start to question my logic, let me clarify.
I’m not saying that to be a high achiever you should just go around willy nilly stinking up the place. I’m not advocating that you start each day saying to yourself, “Oh gee! It’s such a nice day, let’s go screw something up!”
What high achievers do, and what you do if you’re an aspiring achiever, is push the envelope on what’s possible. Remember, these are the folks with the stick. The folks doing the herding.
By definition they push themselves AND their organizations to higher levels than they are currently at. Whether that’s through strategy or blunt force trauma, they create change.
So when someone tells a high achiever that something has to be done a certain way, or that something can’t be done, the light on the B.S. meter comes on. (Remember, only Cattle blindly accept what they’re told.)
Pushing the envelope comes with risk. And achievers are willing to risk making mistakes in order to make things happen. That’s what the old guy on the porch calls experience, and it’s priceless. Of course, there will be a little road rash involved but I told you to bring the hydrogen peroxide so you’ll be okay.
Besides, once the scabs form, you’ll have something that you can’t get from reading a manual or watching from the sidelines.
It would be nice if you could get to excellence without the trauma. But if that were the case ESPN would graduate million dollar athletes by the truck load every year.
So just face it, you’re going to make mistakes.
Here’s the thing, all mistakes aren’t created equal. If you’ve got to make mistakes, (and you do), then always make your mistakes trying to get something done instead of trying to avoid getting into trouble. The best defense, is a good offense.
And last but not least, when you do make one of these high quality mistakes, OWN IT!
That’s right, it’s gonad time folks. This is the time when the Cattle start checking to see when the next bus is coming through. Owning your mistakes keeps the haters from getting started because there’s no where for them to go with it.
This post is getting a little long so I’ll end here but I will be picking this up again in the future. So for now, check your ‘nads and get out there and do stuff.
Until Next Time,