I wanna share something with you that all the best growers in the world have in common.
Even though this may seem a bit counter-intuitive (which is why so many growers avoid it all costs), I urge you to embrace it, for it truly is one of the biggest factors in your success as a grower.
I originally experienced it back when I started my first indoor grow at age 23.
I used twelve 1000 watt lights—8 metal halides and 4 high pressure sodiums. I put the plants in 5-gallon buckets with gravel and couldn’t wait to see what they could become. Boy, was I excited.
Unfortunately I didn’t ventilate the room properly…doh!
Within 24 hours all the plants were dead as Dillinger. They were like these sad shriveled little green carcasses…seriously, these poor things couldn’t have looked worse off if I had tried to grow them in the middle of Death Valley without a drop of water in sight.
Fortunately, it wasn’t after months of careful nurturing that I lost them. Now I have lost plenty of other crops after months of hard work, especially outdoors (and I’ll be sharing some of those stories with you in the near future), but these little babies were dead right out of the gate.
I mourned their loss for about 5 minutes and then got busy installing proper ventilation and replacing their lifeless remains with some new and eager soldiers.
This is also when switched over the Sea of Green Method.
The point I want to drive home is that we all make mistakes. In fact, the most successful growers I know are actually the ones who’ve made the most mistakes. That’s how they learned to become to the best at what they do—through trial and error…lots and lots or error.
In 1923, Babe Ruth broke the record for the most home runs in a single season, as well as the record for highest batting average. But you know what? In that same year Babe also struck out more times than any other player in the Major League.
You see what I’m getting at here?
If you wanna succeed, you’ve gotta be willing to fail—A LOT. You’ve gotta embrace it as part of the process.
Now I’m not telling you to go out and make stupid mistakes, especially when it comes to the security of your gardens—mistakes like that can cost you not only your entire crop, but possibly even your freedom—depending on your situation.
What I am saying is, be willing to strikeout. Sure, learn all you can from this blog, the forums, magazines, books and mentor growers, but then you gotta get to work. You can only REALLY learn by doing. And when you do, you WILL make mistakes and experience all kinds of set-backs.
The great ones know this.
They aren’t trolling the forums like know-it-alls, talking shit, and spewing hate trying to make themselves look better. Reading about how to do something, or watching videos about doing it, is NOT the same as doing it.
And when you do it, you WILL screw things up. It’s just part of the game.
In fact, in life, if you’re NOT screwing things up, you probably aren’t chasing dreams that stretch you and force you to grow.
Success likes velocity and chaos. And sometimes it’s gonna get ugly.
Be willing to get in there and get dirty. Be willing to break a few things, make a mess, and even spill some blood on the floor. THAT’S how you learn.
And when you screw up big, don’t beat yourself up for it. Don’t dwell on how things should be some other way. And definitely don’t quit.
You can ALWAYS turn things around—(Read about the time I got kidnapped in Canada and I how I turned that one around.)
Just accept the situation as it is, see what you can learn from it, make any necessary adjustments to how you’re doing things, and tenaciously move forward.
THAT is how you become an epic grower. Fail a lot and fail fast. Fall down 19 times, get up 20.
P.S. I’d love to hear your comments below.
Thanks for the pics T.G.!