Here is a thought, just to play devils advocate: what about the people that always fail and never stop failing (or always keep turning the wrong way)?
Will reading all these books help you or do you need to experience wrong turns to grow?
What about the startup guy that invested his life’s savings into something and failed, and then did it again, and again, and again, and kept failing with no success?
We all know there are so many more failures in life than successes.
Nine out of 10 small businesses fail.
More than 50% of American marriages and relationships end in divorce.
Why is that?
Because there is a lot to learn about success, especially if you are starting your own thing. Your own business. Your own product. Your first relationship.
What if being lost is just a state of living?
What if success is just about being on the front of end of a trend rather than the back end?
If we are losing all the time, should we try to figure out something else that may be holding us back from success?
Should we actually keep changing directions or should we learn how to navigate our minds better?
Pivot, stop and think, read and learn, practice life mastery, and learn how to chop wood the right way may be a better piece of advice than just using failures as signposts.
Failure to the fixed mindset is brutal.
Deafening. Overwhelming. Sickening.
So rather than focus on failing, focus on learning what the root of their mind’s fundamental problem is.
What if you shouldn’t be driving and piloting the car in the first place, because it isn’t your strength and you haven’t yet learned how to make it a strength?
People that constantly lose are losing because they are playing to their weaknesses, or they haven’t developed the habits to overcome those weaknesses. People that constantly turn the wrong way, and keep turning the wrong way, probably have a fundamental reason why they keep turning the wrong way.
If you only get 100 views on your blog after a year of writing, then why is that?
Because just writing more won’t help.
Maybe it’s time to explore your habits and mindset.
So being lost isn’t always good unless you can start to create habits or improve your weaknesses until they become so good they can’t be ignored, or add value to your life.
For example, getting lost easily means you have a weakness right? That weakness is habitual, because instead of trying to fix the habit of getting lost, you just try to deep breathe and accept that weakness.
Do people really try to fix their weaknesses, or do we just get better at accepting failure?
In the world of professional sports, accepting failure isn’t ideal. You lose your money. You lose your home. Your car. You family. You can’t feed your kids. Your bills pile up due to your failure to not get lost.
One thing is sure, talent is overrated and it seems you have kept your job due to your ability to grow, not fail and keep turning.
Fixing your weaknesses day after day, and finding the solution (taking responsibility) for your failures, isn’t turning, it is living in the growth mindset.
It’s important to know what adversity is, how to accept your role in learning, and why everyone can learn, grow, and adapt their natural strengths and weaknesses over time to succeed in the fields of their choosing.
Yet, most won’t.
Most impatient humans will fail to invest the learning, the studying, the experiencing, the practice, the mastery of their craft, and the small pivots to improve after they take their wrong turns.
If you just keep turning at every wrong turn, you may just be turning for the rest of your life if you don’t try to learn something about why you keep turning, or you can’t stop yourself from turning.
I’m glad your boss taught you how to fail the right way, but it sounds like you had already had the right mindset to learn how to grow from that wrong turn in the first place.
I do love a good wrong turn road trip, though.