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Two Wrongs Do Make A Right
August 26, 2002

I am sure you are well acquainted with the old saying that goes "two wrongs don’t make a right". At first blush, this adage may seem like sage advice. After all, if one wrong is bad, two would certainly be worse, wouldn’t it? Not necessarily. When it comes to giving life your very best shot, two wrongs do make a right. Allow me to explain.

There are plenty of people in our country waiting around for the right time, the right place and the right way to do the right thing. They believe that everything has to be done just "right". After all, they have been conditioned to think anything worth doing is worth doing right. These well intentioned folks are so worried about getting everything just "right" and so scared that they will make a mistake that they get very little accomplished. Rather than risk the possibility of failure, defeat or humiliation should they possibly do something wrong, they choose to do nothing at all.

I know exactly what I'm talking about because I was one of them. Just the thought of making a mistake terrified me and the prospect of making a really big mistake petrified me right to the bone. I had been conditioned to play it safe and play it safe I did. I finally realized that nobody, including myself, can attempt something new and get it right the first time. Nobody. I discovered that the only "right" way to do something was get started. Then whenever I made a mistake (and there were plenty of them), I learned to correct my blunder and keep on going. I found that when I kept on plugging away, I may get it wrong initially, but I would eventually get it right.

Chances are good that you may get it wrong the first time, the second time, the third time and so on. But so what? When you persevere and vow to never stop until you get the job done, you too will learn from your mistakes and eventually get it right in the end. The lesson to be gleaned from all of this is to accept the challenges and boldly take some chances. Don’t become preoccupied with making mistakes. Instead, keep your eye on the prize. If something is worth doing, go ahead and get started and don't fret about doing it wrong. You will soon discover that two or three or even four wrongs eventually do make … a right.

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Author: Greg Hickman


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