Good ideas come from bad ideas, but only if there are enough of them. – Seth Godin
From our mistakes, greatness can come. But, only if we listen to them and learn from them. Edison said when asked by a reporter if he failed 1,000 times. Of course I didn’t fail Edison states, the light bulb was an invention that had a 1,000 steps to get to the perfect version.
It’s super hard for us to quantify all the frustration, failures, and missteps into a positive that keeps us going and moving ever forward to eventual success. We need to build competence to reach the version we want and would call complete. Competence takes time and a boat load of failures.
Mastery of competence can produce:
- It can tell you how to improve further and stop making mistakes
- It doesn’t explain what you do, but shows. It’s a verb
- It works with you and shows you/gets you to see different options
- It gives you great easy to understand feedback
- Gives you structure in your work to ensure progressive improvement over time
Competence is our best friend in helping us see all those failures, missteps, and wrong directions as points on a map along the journey to our end game. Edison mastered that. Ford mastered it. Robert Kennedy mastered it.
Confucius recorded this for us:
Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.
In that fall it is my learn I get stronger in my competence in understanding my goals a little more. With out the bad, I would not be where I am here with you today. This 30 day writing challenge is a living example of that work.
Thanks for hanging out this Friday with me a little. Hope your weekend is extraordinary.