Yes, We’ll Make Mistakes

When it comes to using social media, there’s no question we’ll make mistakes, and there are plenty of people ready to point them all out in glorious detail.

But if we never try anything new for fear of being criticized, we’ll also never learn, and I think the public understands that.  I’ve seen plenty of comments in a variety of forums saying something like “yes, the gov’t goofed on this one example, but I’m very glad to see them trying out social media tools.”

On that note, I offer an aphorism, two quotations, and a blog post.

A ship in harbor is safe, but that’s not why we build ships.

1) Teddy Roosevelt:
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the
strong man stumbles, 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, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort
without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the
deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who 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 neither know victory nor defeat.

2) Eric Hoffer (An American author):
In times of profound change, the learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.

Finally, I try to reread a great blog post by Chris Brogan on a regular basis, titled “You’re Doing it Wrong.”

So be brave, my friends, and sail beyond sight of the shore.


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