I keep a list of mistakes and bad habits.
It's my Shit List.
It catalogues my breathtaking stupidity—but it's valuable.
"It is remarkable how much long-term advantage people like us have gotten by trying to be consistently not stupid, instead of trying to be very intelligent."
Here are five recent entries:
—Lacked the courage to say yes to a Great Gal
—Cleared the credit card debt of a Not So Great Gal
—Not getting it. Expecting people to get it. Getting pissed when they don't get it
—Doing all sorts of silly things instead of simply waiting
—Overthinking (9/10 times, it's the same stupid thoughts)
My Shit List changes, and I'll take it to my grave.
I'll keep screwing up, but with my Lil Shit List (and industrial quantities of patience, humility, luck), I'll hopefully avoid the Big Ones.
Boo-boos can turn YUGE.
It can be liberating to write them down.