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Mr. Clemens, you’re brilliant.

May 12, 2010

One of my favorite authors, and one of history’s wisest men, would have to be Samuel Clemens, Mark Twain. Born in my native Missouri, his razor-sharp wit and tactile humor has inspired me countless times I’m going to talk about his “To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence.”
I could not agree more, but I think it’s a little redundant, or even contradictory. Confidence comes from two sources: Not knowing what the hell’s going on, or knowing EXACTLY what the hell’s going on.
Knowing what’s going on is nothing more than experience. Knowledge is false. You never can have prolonged success without learning from a few failures, first. No book can teach you failure. No documentary can emulate the emotion of trying your best and still falling short.
As I’ve stated before: The lowest thing in the word is failure. The low of failure ain’t even CLOSE to the high you get from success.
There are two types of mistakes, two types of failure: Good and bad. Of course, it’s a bit oxymoronic, as it’s ALL bad. But if you KNOW it’s bad, if you KNOW what you did wrong, then you can make sure it never happens again. If you do it again, or you don’t know what went wrong, then that’s the worst mistake you can make.
There’s actually something lower than failure, though. Sitting it out. If you don’t try, then not only have you not succeeded, but you have no chance for learning.

Here’s to tomorrow

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