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what’s the worst thing that could happen

If you tried that new super hard looking knitting pattern and found you didn’t have the skills to knit it?

Or learned the necessary skills and successfully knit it?

If you applied for your dream job and didn’t get it?

Or didn’t apply and … didn’t get it?

If you made your handmade business a huge success without waiting for Etsy to make you featured seller?

Or waited for that Etsy email while not doing a lot with your handmade business?

If you asked the cute guy or girl out on a date and got turned down?

Or didn’t ask … and didn’t get a date?

If you tried something totally and completely new with your product photography and found that it didn’t do much for your business?

Or didn’t try something new and continue to think that if you would just try that new photography thing, your business would magically and instantly improve?

I’m on my second listening to Seth Godin’s latest book, Poke the Box.  Another brilliant, while compact, work on making things happen, failing a lot, and always shipping.

I’m a firm believer in making a lot of mistakes, not only because it’s my best way to learn, but also because I believe that a mistake-free life is a life without movement, action, forward momentum.

To make mistakes, you have to try a lot of things.  Start a lot of things.  And keep starting.

And here’s the thing:  how will you know if you’ve made a mistake if you don’t try?  And what’s the worst thing that could happen?

And the more you keep trying, the more mistakes you make and learn from, the more skilled you will become at trying and succeeding.

I’m going to fail at a LOT of new things this week, just for the experience of not feeling like an abject failure with each successful attempt to fail.

Want to join me?

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  • andrea March 25, 2011, 5:00 AM

    i always have to remind myself to take a few more risks-you can’t win if you don’t play the game 🙂

    • brenda March 25, 2011, 10:29 AM

      I love that ditty, Andrea (you can’t win if you don’t play the game)!

  • Kepanie March 25, 2011, 9:01 AM

    I’m in. I’m trying “designing” and finding creating a stitch pattern for the body part very challenging esp. when you have to translate the picture to instructions and a chart.

    • brenda March 25, 2011, 10:28 AM

      Awesome, Stefanie! I love it when people work outside of their comfort zone!

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