You're Gonna Screw Up
Whether it be in the business world or not, everyone has heard "you are always going to screw up," but the concept seems to have a negative connotation. In school, when we screw up, we are punished. This teaches us that screwing up is bad, but anyone who has reached any level of success in their personal or professional lives will tell you quite the opposite.
I like to use Thomas Edison as an example as to why screwing up is essential to one's chances of achieving success. As we all know, Edison is credited with the creation of the lightbulb, but we often say that he "failed" or "screwed up" 999 times before the 1000th successful attempt. Again, this is what we are taught, but we often forget what he said about the "failed" attempts. He continued to show his enthusiasm and aptitude by saying, "I have not failed 1,000 times. I have successfully discovered 1,000 ways to NOT make a lightbulb." This leads to what Karen Buscemi, the CEO of Detroit Sewn, says about the ability to screw up and learn from your mistakes.
In her Daily Fuel interview, Karen says that as long as you are learning from your mistakes, it is perfectly OK to screw up. This knowledge was gained from her years of experience as a Detroit-based entrepreneur; one who has been very successful in the clothing industry. Regardless of your age, if you are striving to achieve a goal, understand that it will come with a tremendous amount of hard work, determination, and screw ups. So the next time you face a difficulty in achieving your goals, remember that screw ups will happen, the lesson is in what you make of them.
Student, Reader, Entrepreneur