I have done everything the wrong way my whole life. I didn't do any homework in high school and didn't go to college (right away). I got married and divorced by the time I was 30. Started a business with no business plan or experience, or education, or basic understandings of economics. Two of my careers I started with no real experience or expertise. Everything in my life was done the hard way. Mostly because I'm thick. But also because I like to take the long road most of the time.
What I've learned from all that meandering through life was that things can still turn out alright even if you fuck up royally. Even if you mess up, do everything wrong, the difficult way can often lead to some pretty amazing experiences. Here are 5 reasons why if I had the chance to do it all again, I'd make every single mistake. Every single one.
Learn. Learn. Learn.
The only “mistake” anyone can really make is not learning from mistakes. This old cliche is the truest thing in the book. The truth is, that most people don't know what the heck they are doing. Some get paralyzed by the fear of making mistakes, then they stick to what they know and never learn anything new. That's the worst thing ever. The kiss of death, especially in an industry that constantly craves new things.
Gain REAL Experience
If you're doing everything wrong, there is one thing you're doing right: building experience. Even if nothing goes according to plan, you'll know from experience why things didn't work out. This can only add to your arsenal of potential solutions, even if it is by process of elimination.
Create Opportunities By Doing Things Differently
If you're going down an unknown path, chances are you might gain unique insight in your specific niche. Having a unique perspective backed by real experience can only create opportunities, because no one wants the same shit they can find on their own by searching Google. Seriously.
Forge New Ways of Blogging
By doing everything wrong, and failing miserably, given you don't give up, chances are you'll eventually come up with an idea to do something entirely new. It may be a specific niche for your blog, or an developing an interesting voice that can't be found anywhere else. Or maybe even you'll discover something new that will transform the industry. The sky is the limit, but only by taking the chance of doing everything wrong.
Lose the Fear of Failing
The biggest thing I learned by doing everything wrong, and surviving, was that I realized that everything can be fixed. Nothing is forever. And it really doesn't matter if you fail, as long as you keep trying. Eventually something will work out, and often times that thing that works will be a million times better that that thing that you wanted to work but it totally failed. By gaining experience in seeing the other side of failure, you'll realize that it's not so bad. So what the hell, why not give it a shot?
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