The Hope Mistake

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Summary of Main Ideas

Are you a learner or a loser?

What I mean by that is, when you make mistakes, do you learn from them? Do you take action to figure out why you made that mistake, and then do whatever you need to do to ensure that you don’t make that mistake again?

Or are you justifying your mistakes? Explaining them away. Or pretending that they're not there.

One makes you a learner, the other makes you a loser.

We have to stop buying the lie that we can never let people know that we don’t have it all together. That we hit it out of the park on the first try. That we’ve got it all figured out.

It takes more integrity to admit your mistakes and learn from them than it does to “fake it til you make it.”

We’ve got to break free of the idea that we can be first hit wonders.

Just like a one hit wonder makes one popular song then is never heard from again, I think culture has convinced us that we’ve got to hit it out of the park on the first try, every time. No matter what it is that you’re doing.

So we live with this notion that every tweet has to go viral, that speech has to be life-changing, and that every attempt at something new result in success.

The truth is, success is expensive.

From the outside, 2 Words may look like an overnight success. But the reality is that it’s taken 27 years of combined experience between my business partner and myself to allow us to build this thing into a successful venture.

With every podcast episode, I audit myself. I ask myself, “What did I love about this episode? What can I work on? What needs to change?”

Stop pretending that you’re already there and that you’re not in process. Stop pretending like you’ve got i all figured out.

Ask yourself the question, “am I getting better? Am I learning?”

Stop hoping and start auditing


“I think the biggest mistake we make, is we hope who we are, instead of auditing who we are.” – Gary Vaynerchuk

Reflection Questions

  1. Think of the person in your life who has the most integrity? How can you learn from that person? What lessons could you gain from spending time with them?

  2. In what areas of your life are you being a loser? Where are you explaining away your mistakes?

  3. What is the one thing that you know if you audited, you could instantly begin to get better at?

  4. Who do you need to bring along side you to help you develop the positive habits that you need for your life?