As a part of doing business and building your thriving online empire, you’ll make mistakes.
It’s bound to happen so there’s no point in worrying about it ahead of time. But knowing you’ll make mistakes in the process of building your business shouldn’t stop you. In fact, I’m of the opinion it shouldn’t even slow you down.
What your Mistakes can teach you
We all make mistakes. In life and business, there will come a time when you make a mistake. And maybe that mistake won’t cost you much, or maybe it will, but regardless of what the mistake might cost you, it has a lesson to teach you.
I know this all sounds a bit meta so let me give you two examples.
Practical things my mistakes taught me:
When I first set up my website I diligently created a contact page with a form so people and clients could reach out and email me. It’s common practice and if you don’t have one you should create one. However confident of my technical skills I didn’t test the form. It was only a couple of weeks later when a client emailed me asking why I hadn’t replied to their initial contact that I realized the form wasn’t working.
Lesson learned: Always test your forms. I mean: ALWAYS!
Life lessons learned:
Some mistakes will teach you best practices, some will teach you life lessons. Ages ago, or it least that’s how it feels, I had just gotten into college and traveled across the country to study. I was young and in love, and my boyfriend at the time was sad that I had “left him” join that with the normal college hazing and I made the rushed decision to quit college.
I spent the following year working before going back to college a year later much closer to home. Hadn’t I quit college initially I’d have a very different life, different friends, and a different profession. I wouldn’t change where I am right now but still, I cannot deny that quitting college for a relationship that ended soon after was a mistake.
What I learned: True love leaves space for growth and will always allow you, and your partner to follow their dreams. Don’t walk away from your dreams for a lover, friend or loved one, if they would leave because you chose to be you then they have no place in your life.
Why your mistakes shouldn’t scare you
Mistakes are a part of life. They will always be present and although you can try to avoid them you can never completely protect your life from them.
The trick is to do it anyway. Letting fear stop you from following your truth will only lead you away from your dreams, not towards them.
What are some of the mistakes you’ve made that taught you the most? And what is a mistake you’re scared of making and how could you release that fear?
Also published on Medium.
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