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

Profile picture of the author Broyde by Broyde Posted: 02/06/2013
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.
#alldo #wrong

  • Profile picture of the author Malcolm Thomas
    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
    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 Joan Altz
    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
    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
    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
    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 thecashlab
    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
    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
    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"
  • Profile picture of the author Joseph Then
    Joseph Then
    You will be a BIG failure if you do the wrong things TWICE.
  • Profile picture of the author kartherma
    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...
  • Profile picture of the author WillR
    WillR
    You learn by mistakes.

    End of story.

    A study was once done on the most powerful CEO's in America and the research showed that the large majority of them had all had their biggest success right after their biggest failure.

    Don't be afraid to get things wrong. In a lot of cases you won't get to the right stuff until you get it wrong.
  • Profile picture of the author Robert02011
    Robert02011
    I like this saying
    Don`t ask why just do it!
  • Profile picture of the author humbledmarket
    humbledmarket
    ehh well You do learn a lot and get practical experience and learn much but at the same time when you are starting out you're inexperience it might be suggestable to take things stride by stride as oppose to all in.

    That way when you do mess up, the mistake won't be that big but something you can learn from and readjust.

    In general It depends...like a lot of things. Make wrong turns is common so no point beating yourself up about it. Insisting only on moving your ass when you can do things perfectly ends up as an excuse for procrastination and making mistake is effective learning (if approached correctly)
  • Profile picture of the author JasonBennet
    JasonBennet
    I will first research on the various methods that has proven to work for many people. Once I have decided on the one proven system that I want to follow, I will focus on the system and take massive action on it.

    I feel it is important to invest money into getting a proven and reliable mentor that as that will really cuts down on the learning curve.
  • Profile picture of the author RedShifted
    RedShifted
    You're right. The first time I overcooked a steak, I should have just become a vegetarian.
  • Profile picture of the author NewParadigm
    NewParadigm
    Not many people intentionally do the wrong thing. Shit happens, it's what you do about it and how you react that counts.


    In a moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing. ~ Theodore Roosevelt
  • Profile picture of the author jipolis7
    jipolis7
    I don't know why someone thinks like so...
    This will prevent the person to learn anything. This will prevent the person to do anything creative. So, don't think like this.
  • Profile picture of the author writeaway
    writeaway
    Analysis paralysis leads to failure too. You miss 100% of the shots you don't take-Wayne Gretzky.

    When you take action, but fail, you have a data set you can study and actions you can fix. You don't have this when you're not taking action.
  • Profile picture of the author miklanderson2
    miklanderson2
    You'll never learn what works if you're so scared of failure that you're unable to move forward.

    There are a lot of people out there who are capable of great things, but are held back by the fear of failure. You have to be willing to put yourself out there in order to learn the ropes. Fail once, learn from it and take whatever steps are necessary to ensure you don't fail in the same manner the next time around.

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