We are all unique and I believe this to be a person’s greatest asset. The fact that each individual thinks differently and has different problems. At times, we are tempted to think that we have the same problems but the truth is that we don’t. Our situations are different and that’s what makes it possible for each of us to be successful. Yet most of us aren’t successful most probably because we make several grave but avoidable mistakes.First, we fail to acknowledge our uniqueness and tend to focus on copying what others around us are doing. Click To Tweet
First, we fail to acknowledge our uniqueness and tend to focus on copying what others around us are doing. Let’s face it, how many times have you tried doing something because another person is doing it? And how many times have you failed because you copied or attempted to copy what another person was doing?
I remember the struggle most students go through attempting to copy from students they presume to be better than them. In most cases, they fail because instead of believing in themselves, they believe that others are better than them. Tables turn when one believes in himself or herself.
We can achieve a life of peace and bliss when we accept responsibility for our lives. By accepting responsibility, we should also accept the fact that we are often responsible for our failures. However, this is something that can be fixed by accepting our uniqueness and being original. The remedy to the first mistake is believing in ourselves and believing that we’re good enough.
Each time I’m chilling with the big boys, we come up with so many ideas on how we’re going to secure the bag. In every situation, each of us has a unique perception of every business idea. I believe the most successful people deliberate on these ideas and filter them creating a strategy for success. Some of the big boys have very great ideas what would be described as ‘million-dollar ideas.’ Yet they are not millionaires yet.
On the other hand, some have weak ideas yet they are the most successful. They have several projects running yet they often have the weakest strategy. I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking that they keep their ideas to themselves and look damn among the boys. But that’s not the case. They are sincerely not the most creative people on the table.And that brings to the second mistake. Most people are not ready to try or rather take the risk. Click To Tweet
And that brings to the second mistake. Most people are not ready to try or rather take the risk. Walk with me here. Most people with great ideas also understand the risk and this often compels them to chicken out. They wait for the ideal time to implement their strategies and as most of us can attest, there is no ideal time. Yeah, yeah, I hear you. Timing is everything so they have a good reason to wait. And I don’t disagree but waiting for so long only kills the zeal.
But you can also agree with me that while we wait we tend to overthink things. Overthinking often yields so many factors or rather variables we had not previously accounted for in the past. The more we delay implementing something the lower the chances of ever implementing it at all.
With this in mind, we should avoid not trying. Instead, we should just do it and learn while doing it. I have been through enough careers to realize that learning on the job is one of the most effective ways of learning. In the beginning, your productivity will be poor but it improves while you carry on and learn.
The most successful people on the table are often those who are willing to try, oblivious yet conscious of the risks. They might not be the brightest or most creative on the table but they certainly are the bravest. They are willing to go against all the odds, learn while at it, and become successful.But trying doesn’t always cut it and this brings me to the third mistake. We are willing to try but we’re not willing to go all the way. Click To Tweet
But trying doesn’t always cut it and this brings me to the third mistake. We are willing to try but we’re not willing to go all the way. Most people make the mistake of holding back. They understand the risk and are therefore not ready to risk it all. So, they test the dept of the river with one leg. This is smart, but only when you’re testing the depth of the river. In matters of business, test the depth with both legs.
I’m guided by the philosophy of not focusing so much on failure. Perceiving a situation as a failure is not a mistake. The mistake or rather one of the mistakes is letting that perception bring you down. From either situation, I either earn or learn. What is generally perceived as a failure by the masses I perceive as a lesson. A lesson(s) that guide me through my next venture.
The three mistakes:
- Failing to acknowledge our uniqueness and tend to focus on copying what others around us are doing.
- We are not ready to try or rather take the risk.
- We are willing to try but we don’t go all the way
Avoiding these three mistakes will help us change the trajectory of our lives in 2022. On the bright side, if we don’t earn from avoiding these mistakes we will definitely learn from our experiences. Failure is real but what is a failure if we learn valuable life skills from the experiences.
Cheers to a year of success and bliss. I wish you all a great year.