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Chrm Message From: ronald Total Posts: 28 Join Date: 24/06/2008
Rank: Executive Post Date: 03/09/2012 00:56:40 Points: 140 Location: United States

Dear Professionals,

Who’s wealthier, A or B?
A. Bill Gates as we know him despite the mistakes  Microsoft has made in software development and its legal defense?
B. An alternative-world Bill Gates who instead of  founding Microsoft finished Harvard (with high  honors) and became a world-class, bug-free  programmer?
A, right? The concept of Bill Gates writing perfect  computer code probably made some of you techies  laugh. But the "perfect coder" Bill Gates would not  likely make more than $150,000 a year plus stock  options, right? Few programmers make that much, perfect coders or not.
I made up this example to demonstrate a principle I've never seen described in self improvement and motivational works but which has been a great help (and -- mostly -- a comfort) to me.
The Law of Escalating Errors
Let's recap.
Every decent self-improvement book or tape will  teach you to learn from your mistakes so you don't repeat them, right? What if you made all possible  mistakes where you are working now, learned from them all and didn't repeat them. You'd be perfect, right? Wrong. You'd be Choice B Bill Gates, producing perfect software code and never knowing  that in another universe our net worth is greater than 120 million Americans combined.

Choice A Our World Bill Gates makes mistakes. He's  probably made more mistakes than anyone else alive,  and much bigger mistakes. He's the wealthiest person  alive because he'll never be perfect. He not only learns from his mistakes, he pushes himself to a higher level and makes NEW errors!
That's the key to ‘The Law of Escalating Errors.’
Yes, of course learn from your mistakes and as much as human possible don't repeat them -- but keep yourself rising to new levels of ambition, achievement, experience and development.
The Principle of Escalating Errors applies in all areas of our lives. 
The first time you went out on a date, didn't you make mistakes? As you gained experience you made fewer mistakes on first dates and eventually went  steady . . . got engaged . . . got married . . . and  some of you married again. You made mistakes every  step of the way. You probably have many regrets but  I'm sure you're glad you didn't take a vow of chastity after the embarrassments of your first date.
Making mistakes at a higher level of functioning is a sign of growth.
Of course, this does apply only to 'higher' order mistakes. If you're 25 and never smoked a cigarette and then you start to smoke, you're not progressing. You're making new mistakes at a lower level, not higher. That's worse than standing still. Some  people like to refer to this processing of  progressing through making higher order mistakes as "getting out of your comfort zone." I don't like  that much. It sounds so . . . uncomfortable. I'd  rather emphasize progress, goal achievement,  adventure, excitement and fun. Whether it's learning to play the piano, starting an internet business,  looking for a partner in love, traveling to Rio de  Janeiro or doing many other of life's great  activities, the worse mistake you can do is . . .  nothing. 
Wouldn't perfection be boring?
I hope I never make the mistake of not making the right mistakes.



Chrm Message From: jayde_renee Total Posts: 26 Join Date: 24/06/2008  
Rank: Executive Post Date: 03/09/2012 01:03:39 Points: 130 Location: United States

If he dropped out it was perhaps his choice. That does not however mean that everyone who would drop out of the school will succeed like him. Perhaps his decision to join in Harvard was wrong. Or whatever time he spent there was useful in some ways, may be he met some people there who helped him build Microsoft.
My point is even if he had continued in the same school he was destined to become the richest person.

Chrm Message From: ronald Total Posts: 28 Join Date: 24/06/2008  
Rank: Executive Post Date: 03/09/2012 01:05:44 Points: 140 Location: United States

Jayde, I agree with you to an extent that destiny is important but reiterate my point that unless a person wills to do something he cannot do it inspite of being destined to do it. As you said, he would have definitely built his IT empire had he continued his education at Harvard and most importantly had he carried the same will. Destiny is the visa and will is the choice you make whether to go abroad or not.