Lessons from Texas: How to Not Learn from Your Mistakes.

Texas Had a Decade of Warning. They Just Chose to Ignore It.

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Look for Blame rather than the Cause.

“To err is human. To blame someone else is politics.” — Hubert H. Humphrey

In the aftermath of the Texas crisis, politicians had two options: fix blame or fix problems. They quickly defaulted to the former.

Stop Worrying about Accountability.

“Of all the things a leader should fear, complacency heads the list.” — John C. Maxwell

On January 17, 1995, George W. Bush succeeded Ann Richards as the Governor of Texas. That was the last day that Texas had a Democratic governor, with subsequent elections all coming as decisive Republican victories.

Undercorrect and Ignore.

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” — Albert Einstein

Rick Perry recently said, “Texans would be without electricity for longer than three days to keep the federal government out of their business.” I expect that at least a few people in Texas would trade regulation for reliable power, but that’s another discussion for another day.

Start Learning from Your Mistakes

“It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” — Bill Gates

Learning from our mistakes really only requires three things.

Enemy of the Status Quo.

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