Chapter 17

Common Mistakes

If you don’t make mistakes, you can’t make decisions.

Warren Buffett

The road to hell is paved with good intentions.

H. G. Bohn, Hand-Book of Proverbs 514

One rarely ever sets out or intends to make a mistake. A mistake is made by misunderstanding a situation or perhaps by not understanding it completely. At other times, there simply is no knowledge platform from which to spring forward. Consequences of mistakes vary from a loaf of bread that doesn’t rise, to world wars. People generally do the best work that their capabilities enable, yet sometimes these good efforts result in failure.

The title of this chapter is meant to catch your eye so that you give pause to the common mistakes we’ve seen in the field. Sometimes, ...

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