From Stupidity to Brilliance

It takes many of moments of stupidity to have one moment of brilliance.

What appears, from the outside, to be a single moment of brilliance is actually the result of lots and lots of trial and error, stupid ideas that became the platform off of which the one great idea grew.

The reason for this is simple. If we are not trying things that don’t work, if we are not making decisions that lead us first to failure, if we are not making mistakes, we cannot be doing something new.

The well-worn path is smart and safe. It takes us where everyone else is going or has already been. In order to get somewhere new, we have to start with an idea, or many ideas that, at first, do not seem so great.

In order for moments of stupidity, mistakes, and failure to lead to something great, however, we must have the humility to accept our errors, the agility to course correct, the vision to look into the future, and the will to push forward.


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 and Kogen Dojo where he teaches Taikyoku Budo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

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