A bit of humor and an important point.
A guy goes to see a psychiatrist and says he can't sleep because he has a fear of monsters under his bed. The man realizes it’s an unreasonable and irrational fear, but he can’t seem to shake it.
The doctor says that it will take some time, but once the man realizes the source of his fear, he’ll be able to overcome his fear of the monsters under the bed.
The man asked how long that would take and the doctor says a year or two of two sessions a week. “And how much do you charge for a session?”
“A hundred dollars”, the doctor replied.
Bill Gates says, “Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking thy can't lose.” I happen to agree.
All truly successful people have failed. It's part of getting there. Show me someone who appears successful, who says they've never failed, and they are either lying or are the most incredibly lucky people on the planet.
No, I'm not advocating that you should intentionally fail. And I certainly don't recommend you make the same mistakes more than once. But I am saying you can never become successful if you are unwilling to fail.
Unless you recognize that failing is part of success, you will experience way more frustration than you should. Learn to embrace failure as part of the learning process and as part of achieving success, and you will make much more progress. You'll also enjoy the ride a whole lot more.
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Abraham Lincoln once wrote: “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”
It's hard to argue with having the right tools and having them work as effectively as we can make them work.
And yet we've all worked hard at something using a “dull axe”. We've used the wrong tool or one that didn't work very well. We've continued to slog along doing things the same way when there were new and better tools at our disposal.
It's true that you can spend all your time studying and learning or searching for just the “right” tool and not actually get the work done. But more often than not, we simply don't “sharpen our axe” enough.