Mistakes.

Aug. 31st, 2016 12:54 pm
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I realize I have made a mistake, not writing here in several months. The response, however, can be formulated into two responses: The legal mind, that is to say commit Hari-Kari; or, or the business mind and find a creative solution.

The results of mistakes have been the subject of much reflection on my part. Humanity will always make errors or mistakes. It is not a question of if but when. The true question is how we respond to errors and mistakes that effects our minds and outlook on life.

To the legal mind, perfection is a not only a goal to strive for, it is a ridge code; as rigid as ancient Japan’s Bushido. No imperfection is minor. And the slightest infraction is warranted as virtual death. The example I like to use is that a law firm created a template for a lawsuit which had a comma inserted into the wrong position on the template. This was used by the other side to discredit their entire body of work – arguing that such an error was sloppy workmanship and that all other arguments which followed should be treated as sloppy. This was the argument presented and came very close to destroying the other side’s case completely. Suffice to say, that template was changed shortly thereafter.

On the other hand, the business mind is not immune to mistakes or errors, rather, the response is like the ancient Chinese philosophy – danger leading to opportunity. The example I like to think of is a wine maker’s error which made him a tidy profit. He had used a different yeast for his Merlot instead of the recommended yeast, simply wanting to try something different. The result was, instead of a semi-dry to dry Merlot, he got a “sweet” Merlot. Almost 100 gallons. At first, he was ready to dump the entire lot, when his son gave him an idea: Sell it as a unique wine at a premium price. The result was a successful vintage which netting a very, very tidy profit. And still a popular wine today.

It’s very easy to get into the mind of errors and mistake are fatal – you never try anything new and you are hyper cautious. Granted, errors and mistakes should not be treated as casual for new opportunities as some errors and mistakes can prove fatal. The key is finding a balance. The lock which that key opens is, freeing your mind of fatality and gross risk taking.

If given the two, I shall look at errors and mistakes as chances to find opportunities. Without the mess of Hari-Kari.

A late note. I came across this quote from the painter, Vincent Van Gogh: "I tell you, if one wants to be active, one must not be afraid of going wrong, one must not be afraid of making mistakes now and then. Many people think that they will become good just by doing no harm – but that’s a lie, and you yourself used to call it that. That way lies stagnation, mediocrity."
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