It’s that time of the month again, wait… that sounds wrong. Anyhow, Markco’s Blogging Carnival is back in town with a new challenge, admit your failures…
“It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”
– Theodore Roosevelt, 1910
Why Dwell on the Negative?
First, this is not about dwelling on the negative. And it shouldn’t be, but acknowledging your failures is as important (if not more so) than celebrating your successes. Understanding mistakes and how to deal with them is an important part of being a good leader in any arena. There’s a few key points to making mistakes that I want to share before going any further:
Learning From Mistakes
1. Acceptance – You absolutely have to accept that it happened and there’s not a damned thing you can do about it.
2. What caused the mistake and how can you avoid making that mistake in the future?
3. Are there similar possible issues that can be avoided?
4. What have you done to ensure this doesn’t happen again?
Taken in this context a mistake can be a valuable tool, especially in business. For example, a security flaw could be exposed that could “potentially” protect the company from losing huge sums of money. The same applies to Goblins, we take what we do seriously. And though SRS Business is by no means a Fortune 500 company, I do try my best to learn from my failures. Now that I’ve beat around the bush, let’s get to my own slice of fail…
My Biggest Mistake
Back in March I made what should have been the deal of a lifetime, I bought out a TON of items for cheap. Literally stacks of gems, eternals, ores, multiple Argent Tournament pets, etc and all for a pittance. And the result? A 3 day Suspension…
No deal is worth losing your account over (for any length of time), but greed got the better of me. It “appears” I bought this stuff from a hacked account, and I got caught in the crossfire. It happens, but it’s not something I ever want to happen again. So, I learned from the experience and I shared my experiences here in the hopes that others wouldn’t be caught with their pants down as well. As a result I found out that I wasn’t alone, it had happened to a handful of regular readers as well.
Conversely, I also got out of the cross faction arbitrage racket after this happened, because I got suspended AGAIN the following week when I tried to transfer some gold from the Alliance to Horde.
Acheter (un) Chat en Poche
I’ve made my fair share of lesser mistakes as well, when I first started messing with the Snatch feature of Auctioneer for example, I was new to the feature and not fully understanding of it’s configuration. That’s a nice way of saying I bought hundreds of Netherweave Cloth at 5g each rather than 5g per stack. Then of course, I had to try to sell the bags, but suddenly there was someone selling 40 bags who undercut me into oblivion. Hard lesson learned there…
As for the Pig in a Poke or Cat in a Bag (that’s what the french talk above is about), I’ve taken some bad advice. Though, this was before my time in WOW I one time read a plat guide for EverQuest and it suggested making and selling enchanted items. Well, I sunk EVERYTHING I had into it. I generated a bunch of masks and went to sell them, no bites for a while… then someone wanted to look at my humble wares. He laughed and told me, “there’s no way you’re going to sell those, nobody wants Charisma!” That’s when I realized my mistake, I’d made the wrong item. It was the absolutely wrong stat, the one no one wanted. And all that money was completely and utterly lost. Also in the dark time before WoW I made the mistake of letting a friend play my character, I was hacked several times and found out later it was him. He’d changed my password and sold all of my stuff each time (facepalm).
The Lesson Endeth Here
And it is this, each of us makes mistakes. Everyone has felt like a bonehead at one point or another. At some point we all say DOH! Be it big or small, all mistakes can make us stronger and all mistakes have something to teach us. Learn from them, you’ll be better for it. If you can find the intestinal fortitude to do this – you will go far.
Until next time, thanks for reading…