So, I stumbled upon a quote by Elbert Hubbard that kinda slapped me across the face with its truth-bomb so I thought I’d share some of my thoughts on it with you. The quote goes like this:
“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make a mistake.”
And man, oh man, does that hit close to home or what?
We’ve all been there, right? Tiptoeing around, trying not to trip up and face-plant into a big ol’ pile of mistakes. But here’s the kicker – getting all caught up in the what-ifs and the oh-noes is basically like walking around with a “I’m gonna goof up” sign hanging over our heads.
Let’s break it down. When you’re so busy worrying about screwing up, you’re not really living. You’re just… existing. Kinda like when you’re too scared to text someone because you might say the wrong thing. Or when you don’t try that new taco place because you might not like it and feel like you wasted your meal. Sounds familiar, huh?
I’ve been thinking about what good ol’ Hubbard meant, and here’s the deal: Life’s about taking those weird, wild, and wacky turns. It’s about trying that hot sauce that could either be the best thing ever or a one-way ticket to Heartburn City. It’s about sending that text, because hey, the person on the other end might just be as weird as you.
The reality is, mistakes are gonna happen. They’re like those annoying subscription emails – no matter what, they find a way into your inbox. But here’s the twist – they’re not just junk. Mistakes are the spam that teaches you how to use the “unsubscribe” link. They’re the real MVPs in the game of life, coaching you to be better, smarter, and maybe even a little bit braver.
So here’s what I’m proposing: Let’s not let the fear of messing up keep us from playing the game. Let’s not be the person who never knows the glorious taste of victory (or the best dang tacos in town) because we never stepped up to the plate. Let’s be the person who wears their mistakes like badges of honor – because that means we were in the game, swinging, running, and living.
Remember, the only real flub is letting the fear of flubs keep you from doing your thing.
Now go out there, text that person, try that taco, and live like Hubbard’s watching and nodding his head, saying, “Yep, you got it.”
Okay…Roger and out!