Share on Facebook“You’re going to be an idiot occasionally. Embrace this opportunity for a good story, learn from it, forgive yourself, and try not to make idiocy a common event in your day.”
—John Carlton

We all know that expectations of perpetual perfection are unrealistic. But the truth is either far more grim or far more liberating, depending on your point of view. Not only are you not going to perfect 100% of the time, you are going to be an idiot some (hopefully small) percentage of the time. The most successful among us have their share of “good stories,” though only the most confident & secure will share those stories with anyone else.

The point is that clinging to your moments of idiocy and beating yourself over the head with them in perpetuity does you no good. Better to accept that those moments are inevitable parts of the journey, take the necessary lessons from the experience and just keep moving.

And, of course, “try not to make idiocy a common event in your day.” Quite possibly one of my favorite pieces of advice, ever.

This week’s WoW (Words of Wisdom) come from John Carlton’s wise, witty and no-nonsense book, The Entrepreneur’s Guide To Getting Your Shit Together. The book is every bit as blunt as its title implies, and brilliant enough to back up its brashness.