Summary: The Book of Mistakes: 9 Secrets to Creating a Successful Future by Skip Prichard
Summary: The Book of Mistakes: 9 Secrets to Creating a Successful Future by Skip Prichard

Summary: The Book of Mistakes: 9 Secrets to Creating a Successful Future by Skip Prichard

Have you ever wondered why some people seem to catch all the breaks and win over and over again? What do the super successful know? What is standing between you and your wildest dreams?

In this self-help tale wrapped in fiction, you’ll learn the nine mistakes that prevent many from achieving their goals. You’ll learn how to overcome these hurdles and reinvent your life.


Mistake #1 Working on someone else’s dreams

You can’t work your entire life off to bring someone else’s dreams and visions to life. Only you and you alone should be the one casting your life’s purpose. A life choreographed by someone else is not a life worth living nor the finest performance.

Having a sense of clear purpose in life attracts the right people, ideas and resources to fulfill your cause. Your purpose in life is unique, so work hard to find it and once you find it, share it with the world. Above all, determine who you want to become, not what you want to do.


Mistake #2 Allowing someone else to define your values

A life well lived is a life true to yourself. Let nothing come between you and your proposal. When you decide to become the person you want to be, people will try to impose limitations on you. Don’t accept any of them. Remember, regret is the result of any action pulling against your heart’s purpose. 


Mistake #3 Accepting excuses

Behind every excuse you make is a door to greatness. When you learn to forego the excuses you’ve been making, you begin to see the process you’ve been waiting for. People who are making excuses are going nowhere. Don’t become one for yourself and avoid people who are doing so.

Shift the energy you use in making excuses to finding creativity and achieving goals. Protect your inner voice like a million-dollar treasure. Fight excuses with positive self-talk. If you want to take your life back, you first have to take your thoughts back.


Mistake #4 Surrounding yourself with the wrong people

You are the average of the people you surround yourself with. Your surroundings determine who you are and who you become ultimately. So, decide carefully who you choose to befriend. Spend more time picking out your friends than picking out your clothes.

When you find naysayers, doubters and energy vampires around you, replace them with encouragers, winners and motivators. You need people who will help you on your way up (and perhaps, on your way down).


Mistake #5 Staying in your comfort zone

Everything worthwhile is uphill. Winners see challenges as opportunities for growth. Winners intentionally seek out the uncomfortable because they know that’s where they can really stretch themselves and grow.

Mediocrity is the end result of too much comfort. Growth rarely happens at comfort. The journey to greatness requires both risk and failure.


Mistake #6 Allowing temporary setbacks to become permanent failures

Everyone has failed. EVeryone has been knocked down. But a few decide to get back up and control their destinies. Those are the people who learn from their days, rather than just passively living life.

A setback is compounded when you allow this undesirable situation to stick. Setbacks are your sprouts for growth. Excuses are the weeds that choke progress. See temporary failures as stepping-stones to success.


Mistake #7 Trying to build in instead of standing out

The majority of people in this world try to blend in with the others because after all, that’s what we’ve been taught as kids. Successful people are the ones who don’t conform to the norms and are always trying to push the boundaries.

Greatness always stands out. And greatness comes from consistent out-performing expectations. Authenticity is the result of standing out. Authenticity is the beautiful expression of your unique talents.


Mistake #8 Thinking that there’s a fixed and limited amount of success available

Life isn’t a zero-sum game. There’s unlimited possibility in the universe for multiple winners. The only limitations you need to worry about are the ones in your head.

WHen you see someone being successful, use their success to become motivated, not intimidated. When you become successful, help others through encouragement and experience. Curiosity, not jealousy, is the mindset that enhances your success.


Mistake #9 Belive you have all the time in the world

When you spend your days worrying something, you’re actually wasting the most valuable asset in your life. Push the worries aside and enjoy the presence. Who you become in the future depends on what you do in the present.

Knowing your time on earth is limited keeps you focused on the most important aspect of your life. Use your purpose as a compass to point the way and spend your time wisely.