Being Wrong is Part of the Process

If more successful people talked about how many times they thought about quitting or were forced to pivot, we’d have more successful people.

‘Frosting’ by Ana

Not everyone is meant to lead the charge into unfamiliar territory. Most people need to follow someone who has already been to the other side, someone who can tell them how to get there safely and what dangers and pitfalls to avoid, someone with a roadmap.

A map is essentially a success story. It shows us what worked. What we don’t see are all of the wrong turns, dead ends, and attempted short cuts that went into that success. We don’t see the failure and the mistakes, all of the paths attempted that did not work out. We don’t see the journey.

There are many times along the way that you will want to cut your losses and turn back, many times you will want to settle down and go no farther, and many times when you will have to change course after a lot of time and effort spent moving in the wrong direction. Success is simply the result of having the will to keep going anyway.

Holistic Budo: As it is in budo, so too it is in life. As it is in life, so too it is in budo.

-Robert Van Valkenburgh is co-founder of Taikyoku Mind & Body, Severna Park’s Holistic Chamber of Commerce, and Kogen Dojo where he teaches Taikyoku Budo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

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