I am so guilty of wanting to have all my ducks in a row before I start a new venture. I want to know all the ways I can mess up and how to avoid those before I get started. I’ll watch 20 hours of LinkedIn Learning courses or YouTube videos on any given topic before I venture out and try something new that I’ve never done before.
After a few days though, I find myself overwhelmed with information that ends up leaking out of my brain over the next few weeks. The things that I’ve done have stuck with me. The things that I learned in a classroom have all but disappeared from my brain.
While knowledge is valuable (and learning from other’s mistakes can add decades back to your life), experience (and implicitly failure) is required to grow. You shouldn’t be afraid of failure. Failure is critical, and can often lead to more progress than success.
I’m committing to a new mindset of just starting new things. With no guarantees, no sure outcomes, just new experiences that I can learn from.
Experience is a better teacher than a Teacher.
P.S. This is day 16 of 30 in my challenge to write every day for 30 days. How have you been enjoying it so far? What would you rather see? DM me on Twitter @Josh_M_Newman