We fear to fail.
We fear that if we do something wrong, people will criticize us.
Not only people: colleagues, family, friends. Oh yes, they will all laugh at you. They'll point the finger at your mistakes.
Because they know better. They're smarter and better than you.
How do you avoid mistakes? How do you avoid people from judging you?
Here's comes the secret.
… wait for it…
Don't do anything risky. Ever.
As simple as that. Do what you're asked. Nothing more. Do what you know you can do and no-one will criticize you. No-one will laugh at your failures because you won't fail.
Live without mistakes. And be miserable.
Your company probably doesn't even need you, they just haven't realized that yet. How many people can do an average job and just what they’re told to? Many. But how many can make more than just the job you're asked for?
If you want to make The Next Big Thing, you got to try 10 small and bad things. If you really want to create something amazing, you got to make mistakes. If you want to be smarter, you need to know your limits, and surpass them.
If you want to really be a value for your company, you need to take risks. Truly amazing employees are those who dare.
Your colleagues are laughing? It's part of the game. It's ok. Apologize (if needed) and start over again.
But please, please, please. Make mistakes.
Be creative. Dare. Make mistakes. Fail. Be creative. Dare. WIN.
"A mistake is a future benefit, the full value of which is yet to be realized"
Edwin Land, the inventor of the Polaroid camera.