Don’t Be Afraid To Make Mistakes!

Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, they indeed are the way that we learn. If we never make any mistakes, then 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 valley of errors.

My Granddaddy once told me that when we succeed, usually by doing tiny things, we tend to party, but when we fail, often 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 succeed quickly. But the problem with succeeding too easily is that it’s too easy just to 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.

Also, if success has come too quick for us, then when the opportunity comes around actually to 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.



  1. What success and leadership principles can you identify in this newsletter?
  2. What will you do over the next week to implement one of these success and leadership principles?


Dan is giving a speech in October for the American Federation of Teachers. And he is planning several more speeches based on his book, “The Storm”

 He’s also working on several more books and a movie script based on his life.




*Be sure to check out some of Dan’s book series pages!

Granddaddy’s Secrets Book Series

Granddaddy’s Secrets for Educators Book Series

Authors Should Speak Book Series

Granddaddy’s Secrets for Sports Lovers Book Series

Granddaddy’s Secrets for Parents Book Series

Granddaddy’s Secrets for Self-Starters Book Series

Granddaddy’s Secrets for Frustration Beaters Book Series

Granddaddy’s Secrets for Overachievers Book Series

Granddaddy’s Secrets for Authorpreneurs Book Series


Dan Blanchard, Teen Leadership, The Storm

*The difference between two people today and ten years from today will be the books they read and the people they talked to!