It’s lonely at the top. 99% of people are convinced they are incapable of achieving great things, so they aim for mediocre. The level of competition is thus fiercest for ‘realistic’ goals, paradoxically making them the most competitive.Tim Ferriss
The mistakes are where you find success. That’s where people get it wrong. They go looking for the answers in the back of the book and skip right through the middle. The sometimes mushy and mundane middle. But the middle is where it clicks. The middle is when you figure out that greatness comes from mistakes.
No one likes a movie that skips right to the part where they win, where she gets the girl, or the bad guy dies. No, people need to see the struggle they endured in order to be standing on the top of that mountain, fist raised in the air. Like in the Breakfast club when Judd Nelson thrusts his hand in the air knowing he got the girl.
Because that’s how life works. That’s how greatness erupts. It’s making enough mistakes to learn from them. To grow from them. To realize that sometimes the jock doesn’t end up with the popular girl
So as Thomas J. Watson said, “Double your rate of failure”. If you’re failing, you’re doing, and if you’re doing you’re learning. Failure, while often painful, can thrust greatness upon you.