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One Thing All Successful People Have

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Here’s one thing that all successful people have.

I’m not saying it’s the only trait of successful people, but it is one of the most important, and it is one that they all have in common.

All successful people have a long, long, long, long list of screw ups.

Whether it’s the Steve Jobs, the Michael Jordans, the Albert Einsteins of the world, they’ve all screwed up far, far more times than that they have been successful, but the point is, successful people know that failure does not mean failure.

Failure means try again.

Learn from the experience, and try, try again.

This is exactly the same when it comes to learning languages, mastering the English language.

When I was learning Japanese, for the first several years I screwed up again, and again, and again on a daily basis.

Almost every conversation I made mistakes. I misunderstood things in the conversation. I said things wrong.

My list of fuck-ups in the language was immense. And my list of successes in the language, hell, that could have been written on a postage stamp.

But it doesn’t matter, because if you are learning from the mistakes, you are improving.

And all that matters is that you do learn from the mistakes and that you do improve, because that’s how we get good at anything.

So get out there.

Stop getting embarrassed about making mistakes.

Stop worrying about fucking up.

Get out there and actively try to screw up with your English.

Screw it up.

Learn from the mistakes.

Go out there, have conversations, misunderstand things that people say.

Say stupid things in the conversation. Make mistakes with your grammar. Use the wrong words. Who cares? It doesn’t matter. Just get out there. Get on with it, and learn from the experience.

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