The Problem with Being 100% Right

Failing 100% of the time is not the path to success. That’s obvious.

But being right 100% of the time is also not the path to success. That’s less obvious.

If you’re right all the time, you’re not exploring. Not learning. Not growing.

So how much failure over a lifetime, on average, is about right to make sure you’re learning?

5%?

10%?

15%?

Try 25%.

Or 45%.

Or 75%.

Maybe more.

That’s a lot of failure. And a lot of learning.

Of course, the consequences of failure are also important to consider. There are certain areas in life where failure is not an option. 

Ever. 

Put those in a special bucket. But those are the exceptions.

The biggest mistakes in most lives are not the small fails, they’re the missed opportunities.

Tytus Michalski