Friday, August 10, 2012

Learning to Ride a Bike

What it means to "Iterate."

Robin Sharma's Tip #57 from "60 Tips For a Stunningly Great Life" is "Innovate and Iterate."  Having never used the word iterate without an "re" attached to the front of it, I had to look up the word.  It comes from the Latin word meaning "again."  From Wikipedia comes this definition:

"Iteration means the act of repeating a process, usually with the aim of approaching a desired goal or target or result. Each repetition of the process is also called an "iteration," and the results of one iteration are used as the starting point for the next iteration."

When combined, innovation and iteration become the learning processes by which we grow.  This is how we learned to ride a bike as a child.  We first experienced a burning desire to ride, tried it, failed, and tried again until we got it!  Progress requires innovation - 
incorporating what we have learned and repeating it until we get it right. When we do not incorporate innovation and iteration, we experience irritation and just stop trying.

Do not become frustrated by failure, we all fail.  Pick yourself up, brush yourself off, apply what you have learned and keep on keeping on.  Have a "stunningly great life."

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