When proven wrong, the wise man will correct himself and the ignorant will keep arguing. Ali ibn Abi Talib
I’ve been thinking lately of how analysis by paralysis (which is just another form of procrastination) could be THE barrier to moving the needle in life. All of life take action then error correction. There’s even a fancy term for it called Action Bias.
The action bias describes our tendency to favor action over inaction, often to our benefit. However, there are times when we feel compelled to act, even if there’s no evidence that it will lead to a better outcome than doing nothing would.
I would argue that action bias, combined with error correction is the work of life. Everything needs to correct through error correction. So as Scott Todd say, “Move your feet.” If you’re constantly taking action combined with error correction the probability of making a huge difference in your life goes up by a factor of 100x.
Think about it, everything in our lives is based on taking action and then error correcting. Markets have to error correct, evolution error corrects. You have variation then natural selection calls out the variation that was incorrect. Scientific theories are formed through a hypothesis and then adjust for the errors. Innovation is all about trial and error. Relationships are all about repair. Its almost on a weekly basis I say something wrong to my teenage daughter and have to back and correct or repair the wound I caused.
So, error correction is everything. So many times in life when I was younger, I would look at someone successful and project an excuse to why they were more successful than me. They came from a rich family, they had better university connections, they were better at corporate politics, etc. If I could go back and counsel my younger self I would have told myself to just take action on my goal of total freedom and then correct for the errors. Just keep “moving my feet”.
Now, at almost 50, I’m so excited for the future knowing that I can explore interesting ways to grow my business and then error correct when things inevitably don’t go my way. I don’t take it personally, I don’t beat myself up, I just continue taking action and error correcting. I know eventually, I’ll get it or get smarter in the process and pivot to something else that makes more sense for my evolving goals.
A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them. - John C. Maxwell