After T.E. Lawrence (aka Lawrence of Arabia) finished writing his autobiography, “The Seven Pillars of Wisdom,” he left the only copy of the manuscript on the London underground, and it was never seen again.
What a dopey thing to do!
So, how did he respond?
He didn’t sit and sulk.
He didn’t shy away from others, embarrassed by his own stupidity.
He didn’t give up.
He didn’t say, “Oh well, it was never meant to be.”
He got back to work and finished what he had started.
He sat down and re-wrote the entire book again, giving us one of the most amazing autobiographies in history.
That the finished product was such an influential tome was a credit to his intellect, but also to his resilience.
We all make silly mistakes sometimes, at least I know that I do.
It’s tempting when that happens to just give up and use your error as an excuse to not do anything of significance.
Or you can dust yourself off, get back to work, learn from your mistake, focus again on your goal and create something magnificent and remarkable.
How do you respond after making a stupid mistake?
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