I would begin today’s post with a beautiful saying, “Don’t carry your mistakes around with you. Instead, place them under your feet and use them as stepping stones. Never regret. If it's good, it's wonderful. If it's bad, it's a learning experience.”
This quote is a constant reminder that no one is born with delivering perfection and so true in whatever we do in life each moment. With a cup of tea this morning, I began looking at the mistakes that I made over the years designing the events and learning the lessons that I walked away with, making me reach this far.
I would share my biggest mistake that I made, where I thought, I would make easy money on the side by renting the Mandap structures. I did not think strategically, nor discussed with my mentors or did benchmarking in the local market to figure out supply and demand, before bringing custom wood structures from India.
I casually mentioned my mentor Preston Bailey and Phil Rulloda, about my Mandap structure venture. They both advised otherwise, but it was too late to do anything. The first time, I rented one of the structures, I felt disconnected because it needed no creativity and flawed structures were costing way too much to bring them to reality.
Our team have to literally break the bases a part to make it work with the top crystal pieces and we end up finishing fifteen minutes before the reception. I realized that evening, I was far away from my vision because I launched my business with a promise of delivering and creating something unique each time.
First, patience is the key. And “unfortunately" no scale or timeline to map it.
Second, there is no short-cut to success. And success can’t be measured with money.
Third, keep your ears open to expert advice. Even when that person is from another industry.
Fourth, learn from others’ mistakes when and where possible.
Lastly, trust your mentors and ask for advice, “before and not after.” It may come to you as a surprise that they know your strengths and weaknesses much better than yourself.
It is always good to learn from your mistakes but serves even better when you learn from others’ mistakes without wasting your money, time and resources.
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