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Failure or Learning?

I’m so glad that I was fortunate enough to live in this age of fast growing technology.

Not only am I’m living it…. I’m loving it!

Just like most of the free world… I have a computer both at home and in my police cruiser… and recently, I became the proud owner of a smart phone.

If you don’t know what a smart phone is… they’re like a mini-computer you can hold in your hand… as well as make and receive everyday phone calls.

I use it quite a bit every day and it has been extremely useful… and I can’t believe how helpful it has been.

Of course, these new phones are about 100 times more complicated than a regular cell phone, and yes, mistakes are easy to make… I’ve hit a few buttons I shouldn’t have… but I’m learning.

But… I’m not afraid to ask questions to those who already know how to use them…. I’ll come right out and say “Please, show me.”

And as a matter of fact… some of my fellow  jiu jitsu practitioners have these smart phones… and to say I’ve asked them a lot of questions, would be an understatement!

But like I’ve already said… I’m not afraid to ask questions.

It seems that a lot of people have problems asking others for help…

Either for fear of sounding stupid or not wanting to be a bother… but neither is a good reason to not ask questions.

I have a family member a few years older than myself who refuses to learn how to use a computer or even get a cell phone.

I’ve told him how I much my new smart phone has helped me…

How I can make regular phone calls with it, how I can take pictures with it and I can email those pictures to my children, and how when Rosemary and I are out shopping… I can go online and compare prices.

It’s opened up a whole new world for me… but this guy just won’t budge.

There’s a reason I think you should always try new things…

If you try something new and it doesn’t work out the first time… fine, no problem… you’ve just learned it doesn’t work the way you tried it.

So what do you do?

You try it another way… and more importantly… you don’t’ give up!

If you keep trying… you’re not failing… you’re learning.

You only fail once you give up!

For example… I made plenty of mistakes during the writing of my first ever book, Says Who?! Why You’re Never Too Old to Accomplish Everything You’ve Always Wanted To…

I ran into all sorts of problems… but I never gave up… I leaned on friends and family for support and learned many things along the way.

And I’m proud to say that my hard work has paid off… as the print version of my book will be hitting shelves within the next week!

Now… had I just given up… I never would have completed the book, nor would I feel the pride in accomplishing this feat.

But I did it!

Because I refused to fail… and chose to learn instead.

Now this isn’t a sales pitch for some electronic device (or my book!)… but what I’m saying is that our generation can adapt and learn as well as the younger generation.

We can move forward and be a part of what is happening now.

Not knowing or being able to understand doesn’t mean you’ve failed… It simply means you didn’t know or didn’t understand… it’s not the end of the world.

All too often people look at a mistake as a failure… but it’s not failure… it’s simply a mistake and nothing more.

I think Thomas Edison said best when talking about how many designs he went through when inventing the light-bulb,

I have not failed; I just found 10,000 ways that it won’t work.”

Or… if Mr. Edison isn’t your cup of tea… Albert Einstein expressed a similar idea with this quote,

“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”

So don’t be afraid to try something new because someone might laugh or because of some stubborn streak… to learn is to grow… and you can leave the failure to those who refuse to try something new.

There are many innovations in this ever evolving technological age waiting to be rediscovered by you.

Now go out there and try something new, you’ll be glad you did.

Never say “I’m too old” or “I can’t” because you’re not and you can.


PS. Speaking of Thomas Edison… I heard this quote many years ago and I adamantly agree with every word… so that’s why I’m sharing it with you now. It goes right along with what we’ve been talking about…enjoy!

Timid Souls Who Know Not Victory nor Defeat

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by the sweat and dust and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again: because there is no effort without error and shortcomings, but who does actually strive to do things; who knows the great enthusiasms , the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows in the end the triumph of highest achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails while daring greatly so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat.”

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