The Key To Success: Do Stuff

Self-evidently you can't be successful if you don't do anything. Blogger Charlie Hoehn sets down how important failing and trying new things—even if they doesn't fit any set path—is to success.

Photo by Nima Badiey.

I've failed more times than I can remember. I've tried starting up several businesses, tried patenting inventions, tried starting up online communities, tried building several websites, tried to win contests… and failed almost every single time. But I never chalked any of them up as failures in my head, because I learned so much in the process each time.

And therein lies the best career advice I could possibly dispense: just DO things. Chase after the things that interest you and make you happy. Stop acting like you have a set path, because you don't. No one does. You shouldn't be trying to check off the boxes of life; they aren't real and they were created by other people, not you.

Feel the same as Hoehn? Disagree? Share your sage advice on the subject in the comments.

Thoughts on tour [Charlie Hoehn via Kottke]


    Absolutely. Things which look incredibly difficult can be accomplished if you don't care that you're going to fail the first couple of times.

    Start, fail, learn. Start again, fail in a more interesting way, learn. Repeat until you've failed all the ways you can fail, and in the process learned how not to fail at that task. Then simply start one more time.

    It's not like the Wright brothers' first design achieved sustained flight. But with each lawn dart, they learned another part of what they needed to know. Eventually, they were able to reach their goal, even if no-one had done it before.

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