I know it seems like I write about people messing up like I make no mistakes. That’s comical because I make some doozies and most likely they are more public than the average person. I figure when I make one, I should learn from it and perhaps share it so I can learn something else and others can learn from me. Let me share with you one of my latest screw ups: my distaste in moving caused me to overlook something huge.
I’m moving from an older neighborhood/city to a newer one. I live in an older house, with large rooms. For example, my bedroom stretches across the entire front of the house. The other bedrooms are much larger than the average bedroom today. The furniture fits the room (ie: larger pieces of furniture). None of which would fit into the average home. My dining room table would squeeze the dining room. Even with the master suite my bedroom set will not fit. The kids furniture is laughable. Then let’s not forget that I will have to seriously get everyone some new clothes because only a small portion of what we have will work (it’s only “warm” here two months).
Now I knew about the clothes, but the furniture? I didn’t think it was that big of a deal. I haven’t bought any in a while and I had the shock of my life pricing it. Talk about a reality check!
See, I made a bad decision. I should have taken care of this a long time ago. True, I was more concerned about medical stuff but I should have been thinking about moving expenses because I under-estimated. Not by a huge amount but enough to do a triple take.
This is an example of making a bad decision. Success requires more than talent. It requires the person to be able to make the right decisions at the right time. Is this a huge monumental error? No, but how many times do we not get a second chance? When someone comes to your site for the first time you one shot to capture their attention or they may never come to your site again? If a guy likes a girl (or vice versa) sometimes they only have the one shot to impress the person. Want board approval for a project? Usually there is a one shot presentation.
If someone is unable to make the right decision at the right time the person gambles with their success each time. Sure there are times when things “work out” but was it the best way to solve the issue? When companies are competing with each other an unnecessary slip up we can give the competition the edge to take the lead, which is why my mistake would be worse if it were a business decision.