I was reminded today of a great quote.
"Failure is NOT getting knocked down, it's not getting up again..."
This is so true, especially in our industry. I see so many people who hate getting things wrong and at the first sign of something not working, they simply put their hands up in defeat and move on to the next thing.
The reality is you can NEVER succeed doing things this way -- but this is exactly what so many people do -- and it's exactly what I did when I first started out. I had my hand in many different pies and as a result, my time and resources were spread thin and all I ended up with was a whole bunch of projects that never worked out.
I want you to ask yourself a question. If you could talk to yourself 12 months ago right now, what advice would you give to yourself? Would you do things differently knowing what you know today? Has the last 12 months brought you all the success you had hoped and planned for? If not, there's a reason for that.
I now want you to think 12 months ahead and imagine yourself looking back to this very day. Do you want to be looking back with regrets in another 12 months time or do you want to look back at this day and thank your lucky stars it was the day you finally turned things around?
Don't let another 12 months go by where you wish you had done this or you wish you had done that. Just go and do it.
Remember, mistakes are GOOD. It's one of the hardest lessons to learn and it generally means the difference between success and failure. Those who succeed are those who are willing to get things wrong before they get them right. They don't give up at the first, second, or even third hurdle. They see the race through until they reach the finish line.
So how about it. Here's to making a heap of mistakes in 2013 and being ok about it. The ugly guy who asks out 20 women on a date is always going to get more women than the hot guy who sits the corner too afraid of rejection.
What are your plans for the new year? What is the ONE thing you are going to focus on this year until you make it work?