Mistakes. We all make them. We wouldn’t grow without them. I used to be overly critical with myself when I was younger, and would get pissed whenever I made a mistake. Today, that isn’t the case. I realized that we all make mistakes, especially when you take an unknown path.
Rebels, misfits, renegades, heretics or troublemakers whatever you call them, are commonly seen as difficult to work with. Why? Because their strengths (driven, talented, smart and impatient in achieving outcomes) can sometimes make them come across as assholes and go rogue.
Innovation is hard, it doesn’t happen by following a tried and true cookie cutter approach. It often begins when someone begins to think and act differently, usually in isolation, from the rest of an organization; challenging convention.
Anyone who achieves great things in any domain has the courage to be wrong. This means you’re willing to go against convention and look like an idiot. This is one characteristic that separates game-changers from everyone else; and it’s very uncommon.
How many times have you heard someone say something like “it’s not my fault, this or that happened”? I hear it everyday, and you do too. I have a very close friend who I nicknamed “The King of Excuses”, because he always has an excuse for anything.