The Quality of Progress is in the Quantity (Number of Attempts You Make)

It is very important to make progress in life; in most cases, progress is achieved by any person who makes many attempts or trials. Generally, the quality of progress is in the quantity or number of attempts you make.

Even though you will certainly make some mistakes on the path to success, never forget that mistakes are part of progress, and progress will always progress, regardless of whether the outcomes of your decisions or actions are positive or negative.

More often than not, progress comes by making many trials and being persistent

On your path to success, don’t be too keen on splitting consequences into negatives and positives; consider both positives and negatives as one and a whole that is required for complete progress, especially in the long run. Without negatives, you might not learn lessons and become wiser in the future.

Most successful people regard failures as a part of the overall learning process and consider them to be stepping-stones to greatness and breakthroughs; as a result, they don’t let the negative outcomes of their actions or decisions derail their enthusiasm to achieve a goal.

Success is in the numbers or number of trials

Successful people think about progress all the time, and they are aware that their persistence and repetition or attempts at anything will eventually lead to breakthroughs and yield tremendous results.

Statistically speaking, the more attempts you make to achieve something, the better your odds will be to succeed at it. If the odds are a thousand to one against your attempts to achieve a particular result, it also implies that if you make one thousand attempts, then you are guaranteed to achieve the result; or at least, you will greatly increase the probability for you to achieve the result!

The book “Art & Fear” tells the story of a ceramics teacher who split his class into two groups: One group was to be graded based only on the quality of their work, while the other group was to be graded based only on the quantity of their work.

The group that was to be graded based only on the quality of their work was asked to produce one pot which had to be perfect in order for the group to be graded “A”.

On the other hand, the group that was to be graded based only on quantity would have all their pots weighed and the group would have to produce a total quantity of 50 pounds of pots for it to be graded “A”; but if the group produced less than a quantity of 50 pounds of pots, then they would receive a lesser grade.

After the two groups got to work, the following results were observed:

  • The group that was to be graded based only on quality spent a lot of time devising how they would be able to make one perfect pot; when the time came to actually make or create the pot, they either made a number of mistakes or found out that their skills were not developed enough to help them succeed in making a perfect pot.
  • The group that was to be graded only on quantity, made one pot after another and, during the process, made mistakes but learned from their mistakes each time they made a new pot; this helped them to sharpen their skills and enhance their techniques. At the end of the day, the group that concentrated on quantity created a greater quantity of pots that were of higher quality than the ones produced by the group that concentrated on quality.

In the long run, the quality of progress you will make is in the quantity or number of attempts you make. Don’t let any negative outcomes of your attempts weigh you down; use both positive and negative outcomes for your overall progress.

“You never know what you can achieve until you try. There is no limit”—Jerry Mahan.


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