Blogworld Roast 2012: Your Best Teacher Is Your Last Mistake

Blogworld Roast 2012: Your Best Teacher Is Your Last Mistake

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business mistakes blundersEver noticed that success seems to go hand in hand with action?

It’s always easier to imagine someone, like a popular super-blogger or a famous online entrepreneur, to be born with a silver spoon in their mouth.

Sure it’s easy for them – look who they are!

Truth is, no matter who you look at, their success can be most likely measured by the healthy amount of monumental or plain outright dumb mistakes they’ve made along the way.

Successful people keep moving.

They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.

“There is a certain degree of satisfaction in having the courage to admit one’s errors. It not only clears up the air of guilt and defensiveness, but often helps solve the problem created by the error.” ~Dale Carnegie


And so I decided to begin 2013 clearing up some of the blunders I and others have made in 2012.

Would love for you to join in, by the way – read through the end of the post to see how.

“Your best teacher is your last mistake. ~Ralph Nader


Let’s start with the ones that were hard to hide.

Worst Business Blunders of 2012

Apple Drops Google Maps from the iPhone

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When Apple discarded the Google Maps app from its latest iPhone operating system, replacing it with its own proprietary application, its executives must have thought the move would be a hit.

After all, Apple Maps offered turn-by-turn navigation and a cool-looking 3-D design.

Of course, they forgot one very important part of an effective map application: it has to correctly identify, you know, where things are.

Some of the worst offenses of the app following its release included turning the entire east side of Portland, Ore., into a nature park and misplacing the capital of Sweden by 15 miles.

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The poor quality of the app led to a written apology from CEO Tim Cook:

“We are extremely sorry for the frustration [the app] has caused our customers and we are doing everything we can to make Maps better.”


A BIG thumbs down for Facebook’s IPO

A BIG thumbs down for Facebook's IPO

The most anticipated IPO of the year couldn’t have had a worse debut.

When Facebook started trading at 11:30 am, 30 minutes later than planned, Nasdaq experienced a rapid series of technical glitches and for hours was unable to tell investors whether their orders had been filled.

That led to more than $500 million in reported losses from so-called market making firms — of which Nasdaq has offered to pay just $62 million.

What’s more, Facebook issued too many shares at too high a value — the stock is still down 27% from its IPO price, despite a healthy comeback off the bottom.

Maureen Farrell

Google Sells Worthless Glowing Ball

Google sells worthless glowing ball

The Nexus Q looked wicked cool, but it turned out to be an expensive piece of junk.

After a year of hype, Google finally put its made-in-the-USA streaming music and video glowing ball thingamajig on sale for $300.

It worked great — as long as you also had an Android phone, uploaded all of your music onto Google’s music service, and only wanted to watch YouTube videos.

After receiving horrible reviews, Google gave up on selling its creation.

It sent those who had pre-ordered the device their very own free Nexus Q, then cancelled production.

David Goldman

‘Pending Larry’ misfires Google’s earnings

'Pending Larry' misfires Google's earnings

Google’s quarterly financial results landed at the Securities and Exchange Commission about four hours early on Oct. 18, after a fat-fingered employee at financial printer RR Donnelley filed the document “without authorization.”

The results were grisly and the stock tanked, but even disappointed investors had to laugh at the draft’s placeholder for CEO Larry Page’s boilerplate quote: “PENDING LARRY QUOTE.”

Within minutes, a satiric Twitter feed popped up with the handle @PendingLarry, which fired off such gems as “Somehow, I’ll find a way to blame today’s early release on Apple Maps,” “Man, our privacy was WAY violated today,” and “To be fair, we released our earnings yesterday afternoon on Google Plus.”

Here are some of the fake Larry’s most amusing comments about Google’s oopsie.

@pendinglarry tweetsAnd my personal favorite. I’m sure Tim Cook is not laughing though.

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David Goldman

Sadly, @PendingLarry is currently off limits to us, simple people:

pendinglarry profile

Blogworld Roast 2012: More Monumental Blunders

Sure it’s easy to laugh at Goliaths of the business world.

There’s a reason those kinds of “whoopsies” go viral, right?

Too bad we, bloggers, are not immune to them either.

We just don’t like talking about them that much.

Or at least, some don’t.

Those who ARE willing to spill it all, however, show us yet again what democratic internet should be all about: transparency, accessibility, and equal rights to laugh at themselves for all.

“Blessed are we who can laugh at ourselves, for we shall never cease to be amused.” ~Author: Unknown


The following bloggers were asked two questions:

What was your most monumental business blunder of the year?

What would you challenge your readers to do to significantly boost their business growth in 2013?

Here are their responses in all their glory.

Kristi Hines

What was your most monumental business blunder of the year?

kristi hines blunders“It was a little thing actually.

When you are selling freelance writing services, the first impression you want to make is accuracy and attention to detail.

When a potential client emailed me back about a proposal and noted that of all things my name was spelled wrong in my template signature, I was pretty mortified.

Especially knowing that I had sent countless emails with that signature out to potential and current clients alike.”

What would you challenge your readers to do to significantly boost their business growth in 2013?

“To increase business growth, I would challenge readers to really focus on inbound marketing.

Focus on ways to help your ideal customers find you.

And also take the time to weed out the clients, contacts, partners, etc. in your business that are costing you more in time than they are bringing you in income.

It’s OK if it’s an opportunity that will have a significant payoff down the road, but you have to know when you’ve waited too long to see the benefits roll in.”

Yaro Starak

What was your most monumental business blunder of the year?

yaro funny blunder“I just experienced a business blunder that I can’t take all the blame for, although it was my finger that triggered the problem.

I was looking forward to recording a video presentation in my home studio. I had the camera set up, the lights on, the windows closed, the cat in the other room and the lapel mic on my shirt ready to record.

I pressed the “ON” button on the voice recorder. It didn’t work. I pressed it again. Still no sign of life.

I noticed the button didn’t feel like it used to. My natural response in typical man-style was to press it harder and so of course the entire button collapsed into the recording device.


I then proceeded to spend the next three hours trying to fix it, then find a replacement, which I did, but then it didn’t work with my lapel mic.

By the end of the night I gave up. Equipment can be bitch sometimes!”

What would you challenge your readers to do to significantly boost their business growth in 2013?

“Since I’m talking about video production here, which is not something I do a lot of and plan to increase dramatically in the new year, my challenge to you is to increase production of whatever media format you don’t normally use.

If you do a lot of video, try podcasting or writing. If you podcast, try doing video with it as well. If you never put many photos in your blog posts, start using more photography and pictures.

I’m confident if you increase any of these things you will see a difference by the end of 2013.”

Srinivas Rao

What was your most monumental business blunder of the year?

srinivas rao blunders“We started out 2012 with trying to do 200 things at once.

The result of doing that was getting far less done than we would have if we had less on our plates.”

Dino Dogan

What was your most monumental business blunder of the year?

dino dogan funny blunders“After building a community of passion-bloggers for over a year on Triberr, we rolled out a suite of premium features (Triberr PRIME) aimed at business bloggers.

We essentially built a product and priced it for the customer that we didn’t have.

#Dumb :-)

That’s not to say passion-bloggers couldn’t use PRIME features, but the price-point was much too high ($40 per month) for our existing community and boy, did they let us know.

We’re now adding a scaled down version with main features at a much lower price point.

In retrospect, we probably should have started with a scaled down version + lower price point, then worked our way up.

It took us 4 months to figure this out. :-)”

What would you challenge your readers to do to significantly boost their business growth in 2013?

“I will issue the same challenge to the reader to boost their business growth that I will issue for myself. Partner up.

Triberr has been an island of its own.

We don’t have an API that allows other platforms to pull info from us, and we don’t have any strategic partnerships. This is a mistake.

In 2013, I will do my best to partner with other platform builders, and I believe this will lead to opportunities that would not be there otherwise.

If you think Triberr fits in your business model, I invite you to contact me on Twitter @DinoDogan and let’s talk about it.”

Ana Hoffman

What was your most monumental business blunder of the year?

ana hoffman business blunders“Hard to narrow it down to just one actually, but let’s take this post, for instance.

I begged Shane Melaugh and Paul McCarthy from to give me access to their unreleased plugin used for their

Ask the Experts: How to Get 1,000 Visitors in 30 Days from Scratch post – I wanted everything to look professional and easy.

I spent time finding various bloggers’ contact info, links, photos, etc.

I sent out emails.

A couple of weeks later, I sent out the second round of emails.

Devastated by the lack of response, I raided their Twitter/Facebook accounts begging politely asking them to respond.

A few took their time to respond quickly despite their busy schedules and commitments (Kristi Hines was about to have a baby when she responded – CONGRATULATIONS, Kristi; Lucy is gorgeous!).

But for the most part, I heard crickets.

What a devastating and humiliating blow to my arrogance, pride, and self-esteem!

And here I was, thinking I was all that… that I was in the “big leagues”… that the mention of my name alone should make everyone drop what they were doing and write this post for me…”

What would you challenge your readers to do to significantly boost their business growth in 2013?


Each business has them.

They are the ones that prevented you from reaching your goals in 2012.

They’ll be the ones to do the same in 2013, unless you find those bottlenecks and figure out how to work through/around them.”

Ready to Face the Music?

Don’t you feel better now that you know you are not the only screw-up in the blogging history?

I know I do.

And I have a feeling so will your readers, once you share with them your business blunders of 2012.

“Recognize that there will be failures, and acknowledge that there will be obstacles. But you will learn from your mistakes and the mistakes of others, for there is very little learning in success.” ~Michael Dell


So how about it?

Roast your own business blunders of 2012 in a post on your blog and let me know about it in the comments; would love to check it out!

Marketing Takeaway

A few final words of wisdom for the year to come.

“Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.” ~Oscar Wilde


“Most of what I learned as an entrepreneur was by trial and error.” – Gordon Moore


“If you’re going to be a successful entrepreneur, you’re going to have to be somebody who can tolerate a high rate of change, you have to be willing to put a lot more hours into it, you have to tolerate the fact that you’re going to make more mistakes and have a culture that responds to that.” – Trip Hawkins


“I have taken more than 9000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. Twenty six times I have been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I have failed over and over again in my life; and that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan


“One of the great things about being willing to try new things and make mistakes is that making mistakes keeps you humble. People who are humble learn more than people who are arrogant.” – Rich Dad


Off to turn my mistakes into successes,

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  1. Dave Thomas

    It’s my first time to across in your blog Ana, but I enjoyed reading your blog post. It’s truly informative. I agree mistakes can lead us to new learning. I follow your blog to know more updates. Thanks!

  2. @Ana Your title and article fascinated me I read out the whole post, must say it was wonderful but one funny thing came in my mind, what if I still do the same mistake again then whom I will blame Teacher or Myself? 😉 #nothing personal

  3. Matt

    Hey Ana!
    Interesting post. I really liked your and kristi’s interview.
    No doubt man learns from his own mistakes. I just want to add that the person who learns from his mistakes is intelligent but a person who learns from others’ mistakes is a genius.

  4. As the saying goes “You Learn From Your Mistakes!”, most of us do learn from our own blunders, its just a matter of time that we realize what worng have we done from our part of the deal. Improvising on the mistaken steps will then mark your way to be a better blogger, business person and even as a human being. I’ve made lots of mistakes as well both on personal notes and professional ones, the list is long but I have surely learnt from each and every one of them. Thanks for sharing Ana.

  5. In 2012 I set a goal to increase my online income by ten percent above 2011, which I accomplished. Unfortunately I had zero online income in 2011. I would highly recommend to bloggers to learn from their mistakes. I have. What I haven’t learned is how to capitalize on them. I suppose that getting so many major blunders out of the way early on could be an accomplishment. My website is a train wreck right now. I am trying to start from scratch and rework it. I invite you to witness my wreck and search for reparable segments at Don’t trip over any scar tissue.

    • Hubert, I like your domain name.

      What should be improved is your website’s usability. Make it easy for the reader to glance through your content.

      Leave a one blank line in between paragraphs, just like Ana is doing for example.

      This way, you’re providing your audience with some nice eye-candy.

      I often exit blogs or sites that have amazing content, but their readability poor. What about you guys? Do you make the mistake of not providing your readers with eye-candy? Do you prefer to consume blogs that provide a great reading experience?

      • Ana Hoffman

        You are very right, Codrut: formatting makes all the difference in the world.

        If I can’t skim a post, I leave.

        PS Is that a new project of yours you are linking to?

        • hi Ana, yes, that’s a niche project I am involved in with another partner… for 2013, I want to focus solely on writing premium guest postings and blog comments – for my own projects, as well as for a few select number of clients

          Why do you ask? :)

          • Ana Hoffman

            Just because I’ve never seen this blog with your name on it before.

            So far, I love it how you went for adding value to another commentator as opposed to leaving the comment for me directly; I’ve been trying to tell my readers that this strategy works wonders.

            Good to see you in my neck of the woods!

            • Thank you! As a pro blogger I understand how important adding value truly means to our community.

              If you need a premium guest post on how to blog comment like never before (or something along the lines, or maybe you have a better suggestions?) do let me know… I’ll cover new angles, etc.

              • Ana Hoffman

                I see a lot of value in your offer, Codrut; many people who comment on my blog really have no clue how to do it to actually make a difference.

                The problem I see here is the face that they don’t think they don’t know what they are doing. 😉

                Can you make it very eye-catchy and pull the readers in with it?

                Then I am game!

                • Sure Ana, just let me know what are you expecting exactly from my end, and what are the guest posting requirements

                  I’ll check the specific page anyway, before I start researching and writing…

  6. Biggest mistake?


    I carefully nurtured a blog from zero to over 300 uniques a day and then got Penguined simply because I had carelessly left a little plugin installed from a previous project.

    ( Shhh, it was a backlinks plugin)

    If I had removed it after the first few days…no problem and no penalty!

    I will certainly not make that mistake again!

    • Ana Hoffman

      Ahhh, Alex – sometimes the biggest mistakes we make are also the dumbest ones.

      You’ll get on top again.

  7. First of all Anna, your reference to Apple’s geographical goof ups of Portland and Sweden, I choose to applaud them for trying to change the world!:-)

    And in regards to Facebook, they obviously need to stick to social networking and leave IPO’s to the big boys!

    Moving on and away from the satirical commenting :-) you’ve planted the seed for a great blog post, or in my case, a series that could extend well into Spring!

    Hmmm, perhaps I’ll launch an entire new blog using this as the base theme!

    The point here, as you’ve already made, failing your way to success is common and likely the only way to reach your desired goal!

    Love the way you presented the thought and utilized the involvement of sooo many others in doing so!

    Better stop here since this is getting longer than one of my typical posts!

    Thanx for the humor and reinforcing the lesson!


    Great job & enjoyable read!


    • Ana Hoffman

      And change the world they did, TJ. 😉

      Now thinking about it, that IS a decent idea for a blog – I bet you it’ll be quite catchy…

      • … and enduring since mistakes are more plentiful than successes!
        Plan to be back for more engaging content!

        Thanx again Ana,


  8. Ana, you’re joking, right? It will take less time for me to write about what I did RIGHT than what I did wrong.

    I’m still learning big time. But 2012 has been a very good and a very trying year for me. I’ve had my book published – traditional publishing (and another one on the way). I’ve found that I’m a better editor than writer and have earned money doing this instead of fighting (and losing) to make money like you guys do from your blogs.

    I’ve also been very ill and have suffered tremendously with various health issues. I hope and pray that I remember the year for the good, rather than for the bad.

    • Ana Hoffman

      There’s only that much we can do to control our surroundings, Anne – illness is, of course, one of those things.

      On the other hand, discovering your true strength is an enormous achievement!

      Thanks for coming by, Anne; truly love having you around. Do miss your smiley avatar though; haven’t set it up for this email address yet?

  9. Robert

    Hello Ana – No income reports for November or December?

    It would take courage to admit a break even or a loss.

    Thank you.

    • Ana Hoffman

      You are right, you are right, Robert; I let myself be bullied by all those Empower Network big mouths.

      Truthfully, I haven’t even run the numbers for myself.

  10. Hi Ana,
    Apple made the biggest mistake last year to release the iPhone 5, the market does not have it yet, it was only a small improvement of the iPhone 4S. They should have waited and come up with something much better.

  11. Raviraj

    I read this post carefully as I have started my blog journey from this year. I read about Facebook IPO and iOS map fail..its known to all…. Read about the reviews about all the other big entrepreneur’s/bloggers quotes. This post helped me in many ways how to manage this new 2013 year for my first blog journey with my latest blog. Thanks for sharing sucha big, explained article over here!

  12. Ah Yes….Failure, the road to success. It is an often unrecognized law that precedes success. It’s hard to get use to at first but failing is a extremely important part of the process of growth. We learn much better from our failure than we do our successes. The problem is that it is uncomfortable and many people cannot tolerate the discomfort of being wrong or making an error.

    If one can ever get over that discomfort of failing and disregard the fear of it or perhaps what “others” may think, then I think they a really in a better position to actually grow, not only as a person but also with regards to whatever skill set that they are trying to acquire.

    I constantly have to tell my 5 year old that failing is not bad, it is part of learning, it’s how we get better. In my own study of successful people it’s interesting to note that often their greatest victories have come just AFTER their greatest failures. It really is quite remarkable.

    • Ana Hoffman

      Interesting observation, Michael, and now that I thought about it, it’s so true – failures tend to have such a huge negative impact on us largely due to the perceived reaction from others.

      My 5 year old completely refuses to fail. 😉

  13. Nice post Ana
    After reading your post I feel much easy when I compare my mistakes to the likes of Google and Apple. It shows that in every sphere of life people make mistakes and there is no way to progress in life without them. Sadly even after the innovations of technology, when it comes to basics of life there is no shortcut, everyone among us must sacrifice and pay the price to learn how to live. Your blog is like a refreshing breeze of air which provides me with valuable ideas. Please keep writing and I’d like to read more of your blog posts. Hope you will increase your posting frequency.

  14. Except for the “worthless” glowing ball by Google, I agree! The Nexus Q is a cool concept but sadly, it just didn’t catch on.

  15. Clara

    In the past I have given up on certain things because of snafus along the way. My takeaway from this is that even the major players have these type of things happen so just keep plugging away. Nice roundup of examples!

  16. Considering example of Apple Maps given i think they will come back with great features for it, People are just doing it Hype because it was very next iPhone product after Steve Jobs death, but maybe Apple launched it too soon without testing it Thoroughly. And as your Post title itself say so. Thanks for great Post

  17. interesting post Ana – and very honest.

    the beauty of the platform we play in is that it is very forgiving.

    i have made numerous mistakes, learning from each and building on each previous experience to push forward and parlay onto future success. we all know that it takes one thing to work to overcome all previous “failures” and propel us forward to unprecedented territory.

    no doubt this platform is more saturated and competitive today, but most of us know success is still achievable gradually over time with consistent output that serves a purpose.

    the most important fundamentals still hold true today. find a need, address it, and then do it again and again and again to build that following, trust and value exchange.

    • Ana Hoffman

      Going back to the basics – I love that, Sunil.

      They are the ONLY ones that truly make a difference to our business, if you think about it.

  18. Nishant Tripathi

    nice collection …
    a human comes to perfection and do no mistakes …but for perfection you have to do a lot of mistakes… And learn from them also..
    you concluded yourself in article ..thats very kool …like like…

  19. I’ve made many mistakes this year but the biggest was assuming that busy=successful.

    Another mistake was feeling productive while spending far too much time on busy work. “Look at me and how successful I am! See how busy I am? Clearly I am very important or I wouldn’t be so busy!”

    Am trying to take a step back and look at the big picture to come up with smarter goals around:
    – Is this content really helpful? Is there a different way that would be more helpful?
    – Is this work really critical or just easiest to do?
    – Forming my blog tribe. It’s time to tribe up and I mean to do it :)

    • Ana Hoffman

      There’s definitely a huge difference between working “in” our business (being busy doing the “busy” stuff) or working “on” our business (working on things that directly contribute to the positive outcome and forget, if we have to, about everything else).

      I think figuring out how to actually do it would be the first true huge step to my (and maybe yours, Alexis?) online success.

  20. As usual, freaking awesome, Ana. :)

    You hit on something that I think (I hope) a lot of up up-and-comings have been mulling over, which is: Why didn’t things go the way I wanted them to in 2012? What am I going to do to keep 2013 from going the same way?

    I’ve been thinking long and hard on that, and I do believe I’ve come up with a few good answers and a plan of action.

    But it is easy to get frustrated and wonder if I’m just a spaz or a dingbat or something – this IM thing shouldn’t be THIS friggin hard, should it?

    And then you come out with a post that reminds me that even the “big guns” still misfire occasionally. :) Thanks for that.

  21. Hi Ana!

    This is such a fantastic post. :)

    I love your transparency and it’s the very reason why I follow you. You’re not afraid to admit your ‘humanness’ and that’s something the blogosphere needs more of.

    Okay, so my 2012 blunder? Ummm… Oh, I know, waiting so long to relaunch my blog! I would’ve liked to have relaunched in earlier in 2012. I’d definitely be a lot further along than I am now.

    I guess it was good to relaunch when I did, I suppose. I’m not sure if I would have done as well had I done it earlier. It really took me most of 2012 to really figure out what I wanted to focus on blogging about and exactly how to go about promoting it.

    Thank, God I kicked it in gear before the New Year came in!

    It’s been quite a ride the last part of 2012 and I’m excited about what’s to come in 2013, successes and blunders alike. :)

    Thanks for writing this post, Ana. I’m glad to have connected with you and I wish you nothing but the best this year!


    • Ana Hoffman

      You certainly have done a tremendous job with it, Ti – who knows, maybe your blunder was actually a blessing in disguise.

  22. I’m not ready to publicly state what mistake, or rather miscalculation, I made in the past year because it hasn’t been fully resolved yet (nothing illegal or unethical though, so have no worries). Either way, though things didn’t turn out as I had hoped, I can say I have no regrets. So true that everything is a learning experience. Good post!

  23. Hey Ana, thank you for sharing this inspirational post. It is good to see even top notch bloggers like yourself making huge blunders. I actually was inspired after reading this yesterday to go to my own blog and be completely transparent about my own biggest mistakes from last year, many of which almost destroyed my own business.

    My mistakes were many, but really came down to time management and not doing what I committed to doing or even practicing what I teach myself. I had to really be honest with myself and have been revamping my own efforts to ensure I do better this year.

  24. Hi Ana! I do a really good job of forgetting my mistakes the moment they happen. So much so that I can’t even think of one right now…..
    Oh I know – not setting any goals. Yup that’s right. I didn’t set any goals for growth or earnings in 2012 and as a result I have no idea if I did a good job or not.
    I need to sit down and have a long talk with myself one of these days.

    Thanks for the encouragement my dear. It’s always so much fun to visit your place :)

    • Ileane, it’s hard to find mistakes when your as awesome as you are. you are an inspiration to me and many others. I am sure you make mistakes, but you do so well at overcoming them that you don’t even notice it once they past. always looking forward is a great way to keep from dwelling on the past.

    • Ana Hoffman

      I know what you mean, Ileane – it’s just because we are so perfect, you and I. 😉

      Took me a while to come up with a blunder for this post, since I couldn’t think of one either.

      My business, too, lacked a lot of organization in 2012. Right now, I am working on putting some systems in place to keep track of my ups and downs, goals, income, etc.

  25. Oh Ana! I am so glad you admitted failure. BUT that tells me you have integrity, honesty, and gumption. But most importantly, you tried.

    On my phone’s home screen I have this quote:

    “If you never do, you’ll never know.” That came from a Taco Bell sauce package of all things. But it sure is true. I have admire you and your blog for some time now.

    I have 2 mistakes I am going to confess. I tend to try and do 100000 things all at once and get NONE done. And I didn’t guest post last year, I will make that attempt this year, and that includes hitting you up too. :)


    • Ana Hoffman

      Thank you, Allie; you know just how to encourage me. :)

      There’s one thing I’ll be working on this year: “MINIMUM EFFECTIVE DOSE” concept.

      The idea behind it is this: Do only as little as you need to to achieve the desired results.

      Hopefully, this will improve my efficiency and help me do more. Want to try it?

  26. Anna great post as always. I think as human’s we love reading about other people’s mistakes as at the end of the day human beings do make mistakes! And in business we can only learn from them – onwards and upwards.

    I don’t normally like to put links in my comments but if you check out my post below in the Comment Luv (The good, the bad and the ugly) you can read about the biggest failure/flop of my business although I don’t feel I can take the full blame seeing as a lot of it was out of my hands (a software development company).

    I’m very positive about 2013 and although at the time things that go wrong are very frustrating and can be hugely expensive I’m a great believer in everything happens for a reason, although at the time it may not feel like it!

  27. “When you find your path, you must not be afraid. You need to have sufficient courage to make mistakes. Disappointment, defeat, and despair are the tools God uses to show us the way.” ― Paulo Coelho So hence mistakes are the best teachers.

  28. Yes, it is absolutely true that we learn from our mistakes. However, it is also high time we rather learn from other people’s mistakes and do not wait to learn from our own mistake. Well, any ways we all make mistakes and try now to commit them again. The one who suffers due to the mistake made knows how to ignore it the next time.

  29. Love the mistakes. Best of all Apple’s mistakes. I remember when they announced their plan to go away from Google Maps, I thought, they are going to regret it. You would think that if the layperson can see it as a bad idea, Apple would have, but I guess not. Just another reason why I personally own absolutely zero of there products.

    • Ana Hoffman

      That’s the reason I don’t buy the first version of anything, Ashley – let others be the guinea-pigs, find the problems, and wait for them to be fixed in the subsequent releases.

  30. Don’t we all make mistakes Ana!

    I guess unless we don’t make mistakes we never really learn the right way, even though people are kind enough to try and help us in their way. But the lessons we learn when we commit blunders stay with us forever – isn’t it?

    Thanks for sharing your mistakes as well other wonderful bloggers, which are a great source of learning for many like us. :)

    Wishing you and your family a very happy and prosperous New Year as well. :)

  31. I’m not sure that I actually agree with this… Sure we can learn from our mistakes BUT are we so defined by the negative that it becomes our primary teacher…

    Maybe it’s not the positive or the negative voices that teach us the most BUT an overarching voice of grace that supersedes experience and talks to us through he messiness of life.

    Interesting topic though!


    • Ana Hoffman

      I do agree that most people respond better to positive reinforcements over the negative ones, but I don’t believe making mistakes is in the same category, Geoff.

      We’ll make mistakes, no matter how we look at it.

      Do we use it to better ourselves in some ways or let them drag us down?

      I think the post is about doing the former.

  32. Susan Hand

    Someone told me once that unless you’re making mistakes you’re not testing yourself and abilities enough. Based on that alone, my name should be “Gumby” for 2012.

    But I did make one mistake that I won’t make again. I spent quite a bit of money to take a 2 month course from a very well known person. What was advertised as an advance class, frankly wasn’t and was more about the personality than the material. The mistake was not in taking the class, but in being a little embarrassed to ask for a refund during the first 30 days. I kept thinking the material was going to get better and it never did.

    Won’t ever make that one again.

    • Ana Hoffman

      I know what you mean, Susan.

      I am more and more convinced that we already know everything we need to to succeed, but keep buying into various courses that promise the bean stalk and then some.

      During the last course I took, I realized that the material that was free in the prelaunch sequence was better than the course itself. 😉

  33. Yes, these things do keep us humble. (No blog post as I’m working on a different theme.)

    My biggest blunder was spreading myself too thin, but I’ve always had that problem. I missed a freelance deadline by working up to the last minute, and my software crashed! (They accepted it, but I was mortified.)

    I’m trying to get rid of one bottleneck by selling off my bricks-and-mortar business so I can concentrate on writing.

    • Ana Hoffman

      I know what you mean, Beth.

      I am working on my new motto for the year: “Minimum Effective Dose” (adopted from Tim Ferriss).

  34. Darnell Jackson

    Ha I made the same mistake that Kristi did last year.

    Funny thing is I didn’t notice it UNTIL after I saw it in an email back from a client.


    It’s YOUR online business not You online business. Lol.

    The BIGGEST mistake I made as ACCIDENTALLY clicking the wordpress upgrade button thinking it was a plugin and it took my site down for about an hour. Learned how to restore WP fast I’ll tell you that :)