“The burned hand teaches best. After that, advice about fire goes to the heart.” — J.R.R. Tolkien
The best coach, mentor, or teacher in the world can’t substitute for experience.
As comedian Steven Wright once said, “experience is something you don’t get until just after you need it.”
But, when you gain that precious experience. When you get burned.
Heed Tolkien’s words and make sure that it goes straight to the heart.
Life is too short and opportunities are too limited to spend any time stuck on the hamster wheel of a repetitive mistake.
Education isn’t enough. Failing once to make a light bulb is more valuable than reading about how Edison failed 99 times before he got it right.
Get out and do. Experience. Fail, but don’t forget.