The Source Of All Mistakes

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Brian Kight

I’m going to ask you two different groups of questions (Group A and Group B). All I want you to decide for each question is, “Do I know the answer to this?”

Yes or no. That’s all you have to answer.

Group A:

  1. What are the essentials to get in shape/lose weight?
  2. What are the essentials to a strong and healthy relationship?
  3. What are the essentials to productive financial management?

Group B:

  1. How do you write and publish a New York Times best-seller?
  2. What is the safest way to build wealth with cryptocurrency?
  3. What is the best strategy for reforming the US education system?

These two groups of questions help me illustrate a key point about the source of our errors and mistakes. Let’s start with the Group B questions.

In Group B you’re less likely to know the answer. It’s reasonable to expect more mistakes due to less familiarity and knowledge.

In Group A you’re more likely to know the answer. It’s reasonable to expect less mistakes due to more familiarity and knowledge.

Yet in the Group A questions where the answers are much more clear (I chose health, relationships, and money on-purpose), mistakes are just as common as the Group B where the answers are much less clear.

This shows us that errors and mistakes come from two sources:

  1. You didn’t know.
  2. You know it but you didn’t do it or do it well.

When you make mistakes or something in your life is out of alignment, it’s important to know which source is feeding your mistakes. Let this be an important reminder that solving for knowledge is only 10% of the solution. 90% is the execution of what you know.

Everything is training for something. Do the work.

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