doing something wrong is better than doing nothing at all...do you really think so? I don't.

by Broyde 67 replies
I am hearing it being said a lot around here that doing something incorrectly is better than doing nothing at all. The argument is that at least when doing wrong you are taking action which will ultimately lead to success.

I disagree because only correct action ultimately leads to success. If you are doing something incorrectly, it is very easy to become discouraged when good results are not coming forth. And if good results are not coming then why continue to pour your labor into something that is failing.

So instead of thinking that doing something is good enough... we need to learn to do what is right and only then is it good enough.
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  • Profile picture of the author Malcolm Thomas
    Originally Posted by Broyde View Post

    I am hearing it being said a lot around here that doing something incorrectly is better than doing nothing at all. The argument is that at least when doing wrong you are taking action which will ultimately lead to success.

    I disagree because only correct action ultimately leads to success. If you are doing something incorrectly, it is very easy to become discouraged when good results are not coming forth. And if good results are not coming then why continue to pour your labor into something that is failing.

    So instead of thinking that doing something is good enough... we need to learn to do what is right and only then is it good enough.
    "Failure is the greatest teacher" I agree with whoever said this saying. It's possible to learn from your mistakes. What do you learn from doing nothing?
  • Profile picture of the author John Rogers
    I think Thomas Edison would disagree.

    "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." Thomas A. Edison, in reference to his light bulb experiments.
    • Profile picture of the author Kreator517
      Originally Posted by John Rogers View Post

      I think Thomas Edison would disagree.

      "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." Thomas A. Edison, in reference to his light bulb experiments.
      To the point, Edison's Nemesis Nikola Tesla got it right the first time every time....

      But who used the wisdom gained from his mistakes to sell himself and his inventions to history while Tesla was ignored and died a mere footnote!

      ergo,


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  • Profile picture of the author Joan Altz
    Well, of course you are right that to keep at something that is failing is not the way to go, but most things I start out doing fails at first until I keep at it and keep improving on whatever it is I'm tackling.
    Being able to decide when you need to persist and learn more and when you need to give something up is itself a skill. But some people need to be grabbed by the shirt collar and told "Give it up!" for sure.
  • Profile picture of the author TimothyTorrents
    Learn by your mistakes. You will fail most of the time but there is a chance that you will strike gold. I think you should never just "take action" without proper research - that is a great way to fail.
  • Profile picture of the author drewfioravanti
    You are misinterpreting it...you don't want to continue to go 100 miles an hour down the wrong street...Edison tried 10001 different things. To keep doing the same thing over and over and expect different results is not wise.

    If you fail, learn, and tweak...you haven't really failed. If you fail and repeat...well, you failed.
  • Profile picture of the author SamuelCarter
    Originally Posted by Broyde View Post

    I am hearing it being said a lot around here that doing something incorrectly is better than doing nothing at all. The argument is that at least when doing wrong you are taking action which will ultimately lead to success.

    I disagree because only correct action ultimately leads to success. If you are doing something incorrectly, it is very easy to become discouraged when good results are not coming forth. And if good results are not coming then why continue to pour your labor into something that is failing.

    So instead of thinking that doing something is good enough... we need to learn to do what is right and only then is it good enough.
    Hello,

    I couldn't resist this post. From experience, i think we have all gone through that phase of hitting a brick wall when things don't seem to be working. We immediately attach a negative feeling (pain of failure) to not having success and in stead of trying to act, we rather avoid it all together because we spend more time on thinking about failing, If all your doing is thinking about failure, of course your going to fail. Having negative thoughts, only fuels your subconscious and we set our selves up.

    I went to an event where tony Robbins was speaking and he spoke a lot about mindset and the way we create these situations ourselves, Its better ultimately to make mistakes, and not procrastinate. Ive made many mistakes along the way, and i am thankful for that, as i know i now can avoid those or use them to my advantage.

    Just remember PERSEVERANCE, " Steady persistence in a course of action, state, especially in spite of difficulties obstacles or discouragement" I read that every day.

    So, those who think better not try as i know the outcome, tend to be the one that complain that nothing works and why is every one else well off, and has money so on, and so on.

    Also, when we fail in a certain task, we can adapt and enhance the strategy and try something different,some times is can be pain stalking, trail and error. However when you hit success, Wouldn't you say it was all worth it?

    Hope you enjoyed my post ! Now come on lets make money together!

    Samuel
    • Profile picture of the author cobwab
      Originally Posted by SamuelCarter View Post

      Hello,

      I couldn't resist this post. From experience, i think we have all gone through that phase of hitting a brick wall when things don't seem to be working. We immediately attach a negative feeling (pain of failure) to not having success and in stead of trying to act, we rather avoid it all together because we spend more time on thinking about failing, If all your doing is thinking about failure, of course your going to fail. Having negative thoughts, only fuels your subconscious and we set our selves up.

      I went to an event where tony Robbins was speaking and he spoke a lot about mindset and the way we create these situations ourselves, Its better ultimately to make mistakes, and not procrastinate. Ive made many mistakes along the way, and i am thankful for that, as i know i now can avoid those or use them to my advantage.

      Just remember PERSEVERANCE, " Steady persistence in a course of action, state, especially in spite of difficulties obstacles or discouragement" I read that every day.

      So, those who think better not try as i know the outcome, tend to be the one that complain that nothing works and why is every one else well off, and has money so on, and so on.

      Also, when we fail in a certain task, we can adapt and enhance the strategy and try something different,some times is can be pain stalking, trail and error. However when you hit success, Wouldn't you say it was all worth it?

      Hope you enjoyed my post ! Now come on lets make money together!

      Samuel
      The faster you fail, the quicker you will achieve your goal.
  • Profile picture of the author thecashlab
    Diving into something without any knowledge is bad, but waiting until you know everything is even worse.

    The quickest way to learn is through failure - and that means doing thing wrong from time to time. So I say get some knowledge and dive right in... but don't wait until you know 'everything'.

    One of my favorite quote...

    "Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm"
    - Winston Churchill
    • Profile picture of the author konakid
      I agree with everyone here. I don't think failure is bad (unless you're losing a ton of money or something).

      As long as you learn from your mistakes and do better each time, then you're making progress and you'll succeed eventually.

      If you do nothing, you have no chance of success
  • Profile picture of the author GeroC
    Originally Posted by Broyde View Post


    I disagree because only correct action ultimately leads to success. If you are doing something incorrectly, it is very easy to become discouraged when good results are not coming forth. And if good results are not coming then why continue to pour your labor into something that is failing.
    I don’t think that everyone could start something and get it right all the time. But to start and do it wrong will make you either learn fom your mistakes or quit. Not all will quit.

    "If at first you don't succeed, try and try again"
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  • Profile picture of the author Joseph Then
    You will be a BIG failure if you do the wrong things TWICE.
  • Profile picture of the author kartherma
    While I cannot properly credit the author, a comment I have heard before that rings true here-

    Experience is something you don't get until just AFTER you needed it...

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