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November 12, 2009 / jasonpinto

Accidental Success

No, this is not me. Yet :-)

In today’s world, it’s almost impossible to NOT run into an “idea for success”. They are everywhere… in bookstores, in enewsletters, blogs, at seminars, and more. Successful people are seemingly more willing than ever to freely give away tips and tricks that helped make them successful.

Here are two recent examples

  • Chris Brogan has been putting out an “Overnight Success” video series.
  • Gary Vaynerchuk recently published “Crush It“. (I will attest to the fact that the book is hard to put down. The energy he puts forth in his videos translated fairly well to the written word.)

In both of those examples, they put forth a lot of ideas. A common thread though is “how hard you work”.

Yes, we are the person that is most responsible for our own success. However, sometimes we need a little help… a little luck…. an accident, perhaps.

Sometimes a mistake is good

Last night at they gym, I headed over to the rack of dumbbells. I grabbed the weights in the 27.5 slot. As soon as I started lifting, I felt horrified! I was struggling to lift 27.5 pound dumbbells!

Determined not to be embarrassed, I pushed through to 15 reps.

When I was done, I flipped the dumbbell on its side, and saw its true measurement. It was a 40lb dumbbell. Someone had placed the 40lb dumbbells in the slot marked as 27.5.

So………..needless to say, I was quite happy with myself upon making that discovery.

I never would have believed that I could handle that weight, or that number of reps. I did not feel capable.  But thanks to someone’s mistake, I was proven wrong.

Thus, I now have set higher expectations for myself for future workouts.

Success is something that will always be chased… by both people that are struggling and by people that are seemingly successful. There will always be ideas on how to become successful, and people will always feel the responsibility to do it themselves.

But along the way, don’t be afraid to run into an accident or a mistake. It just might help you become a little better.



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