I know that nobody likes making mistakes. I certainly have a tremendous distaste for them. I always have!
But the fact is, WE ALL MAKE THEM. And contrary to popular belief, mistakes can be good! They help you understand things better.
A good case can be made around the fact that if you are not making mistakes, then you are not learning anything. I know that back when I first started out, I did a lot of things right (mostly by accident), but I made a ton of mistakes.
I made mistakes in hiring people, I made mistakes in training people, I made mistakes in the general operation of running the business and I made a mistakes in bidding some jobs. But the big takeaway from all that is that I was actually better off over the long haul by making those mistakes.
They taught me valuable lessons that allowed me to take my business to a higher level. For instance many people are worried about making a mistake on a bid when they first get started. I get that, nobody wants to work for free!
But the fact is when you first get started, you have to learn the ropes. Your first few bids may be way off, and as a result you may be working for peanuts. But that EXPERIENCE now allows you to NOT MAKE THAT MISTAKE AGAIN. That LESSON is of MORE VALUE than the work you did for peanuts!
One thing I had going for me was I wasn’t worried about “putting in the time”. In fact, the faster I learned my lessons and got them out of the way, the FASTER I WOULD EARN BIG MONEY. So if I messed up on some bids early on, SO BE IT.
It certainly WAS NOT MY GOAL, and I worked hard to avoid it from happening, but if it did I knew it would help me over the long haul. I wasn’t seeking INSTANT GRATIFICATION in my business. I was thinking LONG-TERM.
So if I made some errors in my first year I was OK with it because I knew they would pay dividends in year two, three and four (and forever). So I encourage you to embrace the mistakes you make and don’t look at them as the “end of the world”. Because they are not!
So I would advise you to EXPECT to make some mistakes as you go about running your new business. Do your best to AVOID them, but don’t lose hope just because a few things don’t work out. Thomas Edison tried 1,000 ways to get a light bulb to work before getting it right.
You shouldn’t have to make that many mistakes, but you get the idea! So simply think LONG TERM, ADJUST as needed and LEARN from the mistakes that you will undoubtedly make. If you do that, things will work out just fine.