050 - make more mistakes

"If you don't make mistakes, you're not working on hard enough problems. And that's a big mistake"
- Frank Wilczek

The more I discover, the more I discover that I truly know almost nothing. Does that scare you, or does it excite you? Where do you go when you think about them?

Personally, it excites me - as it means there's so much more to educate myself on and learn. To most people, however, it would scare them, as they tie their identity into how much they know and proving themselves to others. And there's a huge problem that comes with tying your identity into this sort of thing - you stop pushing the envelope as you don't want to fail or make mistakes

In his world-class book "Tools of Titans", Tim Ferriss got the perspective of hundreds of world-class performers, and the biggest commonality between them all was this:  none of them has any idea what they're doing... they're all essentially making it up as they go as none of them are certain of what is going to happen

They all have an amazing relationship with failure and making mistakes

Tom Bilyeu is creating the next Disney, only bigger, and he knows this truth more than anyone else. He always tells the story about how he used to pride himself on being the smartest person in the room and how it limited him, as he'd place himself in situations, or apply for jobs, that were safe and he was overqualified for... But the truth growth came when he switched his internal dialogue to "I learn faster than other people"

He dropped his know-it-all mentality for the mentality of the student and knew that all he could do in life was learn and learn... learn something new, apply it, and learn something new about it from that success or mistake

We all make mistakes, it's human. Appreciate them for they'll often be your greatest teacher in life. There's a story of a successful person whose name is eluding me at the moment (from an Aubrey Marcus podcast...) and how their father would ask them every night as a child, how did you fail today? How did you place yourself in a difficult situation, and what did you learn from it? What will you do tomorrow?

This is amazing, as it completely shifts the relationship the child has with making mistakes... Push your envelope, watch it bend...

Actionable Tip/Question:

  • Am I pushing hard enough to truly grow and learn in my training, academics and life - or am I simply travelling along at a comfortable speed and limiting myself?
  • What are 1-3 ways that I can begin pushing myself and testing my capabilities today or this week?
  • How can I fail at something tomorrow and learn from it?
Nick Maier