Don’t be Afraid to Make Mistakes!

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Dan Blanchard award-winning author, speaker and educator

Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, they truly are the way that we learn. If we never make any mistakes than we’re obviously not trying BIG enough things! If we’re not making any mistakes then we’re not stretching enough and giving ourselves a chance to expand to our fullest potential. Sorry, but BIG, notable accomplishments reside in the land of mistakes. You only make it BIG in this world if you’re brave enough to travel to and thru the land of mistakes.

My Granddaddy once told me that when we succeed, usually by doing tiny things, we tend to party, but when we fail, usually while doing bigger things, we tend to ponder. Pondering is the test tube or petri dish where the genesis of our real exploration and growth takes place.

I know we all want to quickly succeed, but the problem with succeeding too easily is that it’s too easy to just want to party after our simple success. Unfortunately, that partying moment is when it becomes too easy to start thinking that we are a lot smarter and luckier than we really are.

In addition, if success has come too quick for us then when the opportunity comes around to actually do something of significance we tend to fail, fall, and then flee. After we catch our breath from failure and fleeing we then tend to tell ourselves that that was too painful and we’ll never do that again. Those who are not used to failing and making mistakes tend to quit when things get tough because their whole identity is tied up into being someone who is smart and doesn’t have to try too hard to succeed. This short-sighted identity is a disaster waiting to happen. Don’t make that mistake!

Now please share with the rest of us how you plan to use Granddaddy’s secret of,  ”Don’t be Afraid to Make Mistakes!”


Thanks for your time,

Daniel Blanchard

Author of the Granddaddy’s Secrets book series

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