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Jack Welch, Steve Jobs, Ulysses Grant, Meryl Streep, Picasso, Willie Mays, Frank Sinatra, Steven Sondheim, Oprah Winfrey, John Adams: If we think about our candidates for mastery in any number of diverse fields, they all share one thing in common:

They all made a lot of mistakes as they rose to the stop and stayed at the top.

Success trumps perfection. The more time you worry about making a mistake the less time you have to succeed.

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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.

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