How Making A Lot of Guesses Will Lead YOU to Success.
Today I want to talk about a very simply idea, but one that is very important to put into perspective in particular for aspiring entrepreneurs. It is the difference between a "guess" (and often times an educated one), and no guess at all.
To help you with this, I am going to offer you an explanation as to what I am talking about here.
Let's use an example that applies to all of us. In school, you write a Mathematics exam. You aren't quite sure of the answer, so you end up leaving the answer blanks. I think most of us have probably done this at least once in our lives, we don't have the confidence to respond to a question, so we just leave it blank.
Is that a good approach. Heck no!
But it feels safe. In your mind, you have potentially saved yourself the ridicule of your teacher thinking that you don't know what you are talking about by making stuff up. The reality is though, the blank response shows that you are not even THINKING, which you aren't. It is a cop out, and the biggest form of failure.
Inaction is WHAT will lead you to failure.
It is the quickest and most efficient path to failure (which is not a good thing). Inaction will lead to failure in a very predictable way.
That is the reality within the entrepreneurship world too. Those that are succeeding are willing to leave an answer or do something, knowing that they could be wrong. Those that are failing at the highest rate are those that don't try something at all out of the fear of being wrong.
I can honestly say that in business there really aren't many mistakes that you can make through taking action. Action with consistency, regardless of the outcome will lead to success. You hear people jumping in "feet first" like it is some risky maneuver. But the reality is, the risk lies with those that are unwilling to take that risk.
Those that take action and fail at something, or don't do it quite right, are those that are going to learn how to properly do something with the most efficiency. How do you expect to learn if you don't apply what you learn and actually implement it.
I can't possibly get a Math question right if I leave the answer blank. I can successful shoot a basketball into a hoop if I don't shoot it in the first place. I can't build a successful business online if I don't take the action required to build that business.
Theory and reading will only take you so far in life. Applied knowledge and forcing yourself will lead you to succeeding at very high rate.
Get outside of your comfort zone. Take action, maybe fail a little....and have fun doing it. You owe it to yourself.
When was the last time you found yourself NOT doing something, out of fear of being wrong. I bet failing at it wasn't so bad.
If you have any experiences you have dealing with the "fear of failure" that lead to inaction, I would like to hear it. Also, for those of you that are action taking what do you think when you are taking action with the potential of failing? What is your approach and your mindset going into it?
Perhaps you are currently struggling with this idea and I would love if you could share your experiences, and if you have overcome this, how you went about doing that.