Better Advice: Aim to get it right each time

Everywhere you turn, young people are being told that in order to succeed they need to double their failure rate. In other words, fail often in order to increase your chances of success.

I don’t understand this “double your failure rate” thing people are being told. For example, if our parents had given us this lame advice, we’d all have failed our exams twice or thrice or ten times in order to get into secondary school and university. Or in order to even build great businesses.

But I guess that the advice is appropriate if people are only shooting in the dark without insight into what they are trying their hands on. If you want better advice, here it is: Aim to get it right from the get go. And the only way to do that is to sit down and do some homework about whatever it is you want to do, get facts, get information, and then run along with it all. Get some experience too, if you can. Experience helps.

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Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg did not succeed with Apple, Microsoft and Facebook respectively by multiplying their failure rates. These people were focused on getting things right from the word go. If you have read up about Steve Jobs, for example, you would know he was fastidious about not just getting it right, but getting it perfect, if possible.

I can assure you that life is too short to be multiplying failure up and down, year after year. It is a very bad approach to life. You will likely wake up one day and wonder how you ended up so old without achieving anything.

Do not listen to those who want to glamorise failure. Yes; you might fail the first time, but your goal should be to get it right the first time. And should failure occur, the goal is to get it right again, not multiply your failure.

My advice to any young person who has ears: Aim to get it right each time. Do not go about shooting in the dark. Act based on research and information. Stick with this approach and you will go places.

Better Advice: Aim to get it right each time
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Better Advice: Aim to get it right each time
Mister Mobility submits that the advice to double your failure rate in order to succeed is horrible advice. He offers better advice.
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4 thoughts on “Better Advice: Aim to get it right each time

  1. And The Only Way To Do That Is To Sit Down And Do Some Homework About Whatever It Is You Want To Do, Get Facts, Get Information, And Then Run Along With It All. Get Some Experience Too, If You Can. Experience Helps.

    Unfortunately, if you wait until you have EVERY SINGLE information before moving, you never will.

    And how exactly do you “get experience” without having experienced (failure), by trying many things?

    Many of the very outstanding business people have experienced failure many times, because they simply try more times – without giving up- multiplying failure rates, before hitting on success.

    People have to take leaps of faith – sometimes (often, sef). No matter the homework you do upfront, life still sometimes throws you unexpected loops.

    The same Steve Jobs that people like to point to as a model of outstanding success did not succeed much during his First Coming. He probably had to fail the first time to succeed in his Second Coming.

    Of course, Thomas Edison eventually succeeded at his light bulb experiment because he multiplied his failure rate, each time discovering what doesn’t work, and applying that knowledge in his next attempt, thus improving his chance of success.

    I think, the exhortation to multiply your homework rate means, If At First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try And Try Again .. Doesn’t mean you can’t or shouldn’t succeed at first try, of shouldn’t do your homework properly before attempting an endeavor…

    1. Unfortunately, if you wait until you have EVERY SINGLE information before moving, you never will.

      This is a fallacy that has been smartly promoted over the years. Many times you make a move, you have available every single information required to move at that stage. And when you need to move at the next stage, you get the info you need to do that too. That is how man has made progress. Getting information in bits and pieces, BUT GETTING IT.

      When Christopher Columbus set out to sail around the world, he had every single information he needed to sail with. Man went to space by getting every single information they needed to do it. At that point, we didn’t have info to get to the moon and so we didn’t. When we had enough info to make a moon landing, we pulled it off.

      Don’t believe the hype. We make progress by getting the info required of us to pull stuff off.

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