How to turn Stumbling Blocks into Stepping Stones

Every path to success includes its share of stumbling blocks.

We may stumble when we’re trying something new and don’t yet know where the tricky parts are. (Fair enough!)  And then there are those things that we seem to stumble over and over again.  You’d think we’d learn how to avoid them! But one of the reasons that we don’t is that we focus on the wrong part of the story.

In this episode, we’ll show you how to turn stumbling blocks into stepping stones on the road to success.


Unless you get very lucky, the path to success will always involve a few stumbles.

Learning what doesn’t work (and why) is just as valuable as learning what does work.  In that way, stumbling blocks are actually stepping stones to success.

The most important fact about a stumble is not where you fell but where you tripped.

Lab Experiment

Next time you stumble, don’t spend too much time focused on the fall itself.

Instead, back up the movie and see if you can spot the thing you actually tripped over before you fell.

How can you remove, leap over, or detour around that stumbling block the next time?