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…

What If I Mess Up?

The blank pages are there for when, not if, we make a mistake. It was early in the morning. So early, in fact, that the sun was still not up. My wife, daughter, and I were wide awake, even if a bit dazed, in a new timezone, after a long day of traveling and a…

The Gift of Criticism

When someone points out your mistakes, thank them. It is impossible to have a fully objective view of ourselves and how we relate to the world. Inevitably, we are blind to some of our errors in perception, judgement, and behavior. We all make mistakes. If the people we surround ourselves with care about us and…

Forgiveness Precedes Forgiveness

Mistakes are nothing more than an opportunity for improvement. There are very few things in this world that are unforgivable if we are sincere in our attempt to do better. That said, other people may not forgive us, but, if we are honest about our error, if we admit fault, and if we try to…

What Is Your Story?

“There’s no such thing as a mistake. A mistake is an opportunity to do something else.” —Ralph Steadman The way we experience our life, the things we do, and the things that happen to us or around us, is quite often a matter of the story that we tell ourselves about these occurrences. In our…