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Nobody likes to be wrong. Guys have an especially hard time with failure. My wife knows me well enough now that, when she asks me about something and I start an answer, about 80% of the time she can tell if I’m just piecing together something from opinions, random thought, and floating bits of semi-related rubbish in my head (what guy doesn’t want to the The Answer Man?…) rather than an ACTUAL answer. While “getting caught” this way in a personal discussion is embarrassing, it is REALLY not a great way to approach business decisions, regardless of their size.
- Imagine if you were almost never wrong. How would you work through a mistake, when it happened to you? Would you EVER be able to learn anything new if your path was smooth? Wouldn’t you just keep doing the same things over and over again because “it’s always worked that way”? How effective is THAT for the growth of your business?
- Is certainty really just a disbelieving fear of uncertainty? How safe is that for your business, given the fact that you actually have little to no control over the things that happen? Disbelief and avoidance only make it more likely you will crash later.
- Acknowledging fallibility is one thing. Facing it in the wreckage of a business calamity is another. If you’re not seeking out the lessons to be learned in the everyday challenges and opportunities, how will you cope when the “balloon goes up” and the existential catastrophe lands!? Learn to deal with the little things that foul the works to learn how to deal with the Big Bombs.
- If you ARE deliberately seeking out your mistakes, is that so you can just avoid them, or so you can dig into the Why and How? It can be quite painful to poke around in the things you’ve messed up (a bit like pouring salt on a wound….), but unless you uncover the value of the failure, what’s the point?