“If you don’t make mistakes, you’re not working on hard enough problems. And that’s a big mistake.”
~Frank Wikzek

We write often about the fact that failure is a key step towards success. That mistakes are good, and necessary. That taking an easy route may yield less errors and missteps, but will also most likely yield fewer results. That your problems, your big problems, will stay unsolved.

We write about it often because we believe it. And we’ve witnessed it with numerous clients over the many, many years. Our clients (and our friends, family, colleagues, and selves) who are willing to risk making mistakes are generally the ones who conquer the challenges that matter – who work on hard enough problems. And our clients (and friends, family, colleagues, and selves) who seem to play it safe – who don’t make mistakes – are the ones who maybe solve the little things, or nothing at all. We see the most growth when people push themselves to address the biggest obstacle, or unravel the most difficult puzzle. It’s simply that simple.

So, we obviously coach our clients to be willing – and able – to go out and make mistakes. We also coach them to be willing – and able – to let the people who work for and around them go out and make mistakes as well. Because we need to take those chances ourselves to have the greatest return, and we need to model, and encourage, that attitude and behavior in others as well.

Let’s all go find our big enough problems to tackle, and allow ourselves to make – and celebrate – our mistakes along the way.

How can you work on hard enough problems – and allow yourself mistakes?
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