Anything worthwhile doing is worthwhile doing lousy

 A great paragraph from the marketing classic Positioning has me thinking about so many things: starting a band again, trying new things at work, taking more adventurous trips…

Make mistakes

Anything worthwhile doing is worthwhile doing lousy. if it wasn’t worthwhile doing, you shouldn’t have done it at all.

On the other hand, if it is worthwhile doing and you wait until you can do it perfectly, if you procrastinate, you run the risk of not doing it.  Ever.

Therefore, anything worthwhile doing is worthwhile doing lousy.

Your reputation will probably be better within the company if you try many times and succeed sometimes than if you fear failure and only try for sure things.

People still remember Ty Cobb, who stole 96 bases out of 134 tries (70 percent). But they have forgotten Max Carey, who stole 51 bases out of 53 (96 percent).

Eddie Arcaro, perhaps the greatest jockey who ever rode a horse, had 250 straight losers before he rode his first winner.

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One thought on “Anything worthwhile doing is worthwhile doing lousy

  1. Great post. Definitely applies to artists.
     
    Picasso was prolific, to the point that some art historians say he was ‘a lousy editor’ – but if he hadn’t done so much, would we know who he is?

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