I spend a lot of time reading.
Sometimes I read books, other times I read articles on the internet. Almost everything is about entrepreneurship or business or some kind of non-fictional analysis of the world.
But after everything I read, every story of an entrepreneur or lesson or theme I pick up, I can’t help but notice how almost everything is told with the benefit of hindsight.
Hindsight is 20/20.
It’s easy to look back and say failure is a good thing because of the growth you experienced but by saying that, you exclude how much it really sucked or how great it was in the present.
Something that especially honest entrepreneurs say is that, while they were starting their companies, they really had no idea what they were doing!
They just take it step-by-step and make realizations after it’s done.
This is where schools tend to drop off a little bit. They might teach about the hockey stick curve or the tipping point and neglect to tell people that these concepts are just the result of taking one step at a time.
You can’t plan on experiencing exponential growth or having everything fall into place after a certain amount of something happens. There are no directions to these types of things and that’s what people are trying to do with their hindsight.
Everyone asks for the directions to success but you likely won’t get there with someone else’s roadmap.
Theories are attempts at giving direction but everything meaningful is subjective and impossible to follow directions to.
So, ignore the directions and go step-by-step.