How to Turn Mistakes Into Success

Every mistake you make is a chance to make your pet sitting business even better and an opportunity to learn on your path to success.

Some of the most famous entrepreneurs and inventors made mistakes and failed countless times before reaching success.

Thomas Edison failed 10,000 times while trying to create the light bulb. Walt Disney was fired from a newspaper for having “no good ideas or imagination.” Oprah Winfrey was fired from a Baltimore news station. Steven Spielberg was rejected from film school three times before getting in. Tim Ferris, the writer of “The 4-Hour Work Week” ( a must read, btw), was turned down by 25 publishers before finally being picked up. Henry Ford had two failed automotive companies before making it big with Ford Motors.

My point in all of this is that you have to come to terms with the fact that you will most definitely make mistakes in your business. It’s going to happen. The key is that you pick yourself up, evaluate what went wrong, learn from the mistake and then create a system, so you don’t make the same mistake again.

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I made so many mistakes, especially in the early years of my business and there was a time that I let them almost take me out of the game. I wanted to give up. I wanted to quit. I wanted to take the easy way out. Thank goodness I didn’t! When I look at where I am today and think about how I almost gave up, it chills me to the core.

So again, here is my lesson for dealing with mistakes:

1. Acknowledge the mistake.
2. Evaluate the mistake.
3. Come up with a solution.
4. Create a system.
5. Don’t make the same mistake again.

It’s important to realize when you’ve made a mistake. Don’t turn a blind eye to a situation because the problem will only compound itself. For example,

• Hiring an inexperienced or dishonest pet sitter

• Hiring an unqualified administrative employee

• Signing on a non-ideal client

• Not keeping up with your finances

• Not paying your taxes

• Bringing on too many new clients without enough qualified sitters to absorb the work

Your Homework Assignment: Contemplate what mistakes you have continuously made in your pet sitting business and come up with a solution to the error and a system so that you don’t make that mistake again in the future.