The only people that don’t make mistakes…

Are the ones that don’t do anything.

I had a meeting with a friend of mine from Jakarta last week in Seminyak Bali. We were catching up, it had been about a year and a half since we met. We talked about business, personal things, and general conversation about life. We talked about how failures and all are the sum of our parts. 

The only people that don’t make mistakes are the ones that don’t do anything. 

When we talked about business, many failures in business came up. This is when I remembered the above quote. This quote came up again once more. 

Take chances.

When I saw the post from a young man I knew on Instagram I reached out to him and sent a few words of encouragement. I also shared a small story with him from high school. 

When I was in high school, I was a pretty good athlete and I was convinced by Jim Taylor who was one of the top triple jumpers in Canada to do the triple jump. 

Jim was an easygoing guy and also became a good friend. Yet for some reason, Jim was too busy to give me actual training. I kept asking him to train me. He kept delaying the training until I was getting very anxious because it was a week out and I still had no training in the triple jump.

I believe in you.

It was 2-3 days before the track and field meet and Jim finally gave me some training and said I would be ready for the meet. I was not so sure, but I was to do my best, that is all I could do. 

On the day of the meeting, I showed up and did my best. I came in third place. This third-place finish was my first crack at the triple jump. The result was not bad considering I had 3 days of training. 

However, the training is not the point here. The point is, I asked Jim years later why he didn’t train and work with me more. This is what was life-changing for me. Jim simply said I believed in you and I knew you could do it. 

Keep in mind, that I was anxious before soccer games, track meets, and probably other aspects of my life. Yet here I was… Someone who was just sort of there in my life as a young man gave me thoughts of positivity and encouragement. 

So did I.

When saw this young man’s post I gave him a few words of encouragement. He replied and thanked me. He said it made him think and made him grateful for the few words I sent him. Did I change his life with a few words? I don’t know, maybe, maybe not. The point is, if it did make him think and I did make a difference, then my minute of time lost was not a loss. 

Sometimes a few words of encouragement are all we need. We need people to believe in us. Simple as that… 


Published by Zsolt Zsemba

Zsolt Zsemba has worn many different hats. He has been an entrepreneur, and businessman for over 30 years. Living abroad has given him many amazing experiences in life and also sparked his imagination for writing. After moving to Canada from Hungary at the age of 10 and working in a family business for a large part of his life. The switch from manufacturing to writing came surprisingly easily for him. His passion for writing began at age 12, mostly writing poetry and short stories. In 1999, the chance came to write scripts. Zsolt took some time off from his family business to write in Jakarta Indonesia for MD Entertainment. Having written dozens of soap operas and made for TV movies, in 2003 Zsolt returned to the family business once more. In 2018, he had the chance to head back to Asia once again. He took on the challenge to be the COO for MD Pictures and get back into the entertainment business. The entertainment business opened up the desire to write once more and the words began to flow onto the pages again. He decided to rewrite a book he began years ago. Organ House was reborn and is a fiction suspense novel while Scars is a young adult drama focused on life’s challenges. After the first two books, his desire to write not only became more challenging but enjoyable as well. After having several books completed he was convinced to publish them for your enjoyment. Zsolt does not tend to stay in one specific genre but tends to lean towards strong female leads and horror. Though he also has a few human interest books, he tends to write about whatever brews in his brain for a while.

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