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I’ve Succeeded A Great Deal on My First Attempt

I’ve Succeeded A Great Deal on My First Attempt

Some woman on Linkedin, a lawyer of course, posted that the first time you try anything it will be awful, so get it over with. That’s so cynical and crass I scarcely know where to begin with it. I’d certainly hate to have a lawyer who knows her first court case is going to be awful!

This is projection at its worst (I can’t do it well the first time so neither can you) and the kind of pseudo-psychological nonsense that fills the social media since there is no bar to entry.

Just because something appears in print doesn’t make it true, and just because someone has written a book doesn’t make him or her an expert. Of course, I respect my readers well enough to believe they’ll make their own choices. Oscar Wilde said once, “Don’t believe everything you hear, even if it’s from me.”

Having said that, though, some things are just stupid, and believing that you’re doomed to fail on your first try is beyond stupid.

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Alan Weiss is a consultant, speaker, and author of over 60 books. His consulting firm, Summit Consulting Group, Inc., has attracted clients from over 500 leading organizations around the world.

Comments: 2

  • Duke Merhavy

    June 8, 2019

    Yes, it was a stupid thing for her to say.

    In fact, there is a lot of evidence to the contrary… this is why we know of “Beginner’s Luck” and in Buddhism (Zen, especially) there is emphasis on “Beginner’s Mind”. What both terms acknowledge is that when you do something the first time you have no preconceived notions, no bad habits yet, or knowing what to expect which often works in your favor.

    Just anyone of jumped out of an airplane and they will tell you — they were more scared the second time than the first…

  • Alan Weiss

    June 8, 2019

    Great point.

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