Mistakes Are Your Friends

To avoid mistakes is itself a mistake

That doesn’t sound like your grade 2 teacher when you are doing a number facts test. It is nonetheless true. We learn very little by being right. The sooner we learn to put ourselves in situations that can lead to mistakes, the earlier we learn to grow.

According to The Lovin’ Spoonful, in “Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind?” the reality is “It’s not often easy, and not often kind.” Fear of failure is a distinct restriction on what could be our success. As the result, many of us make mistakes only when some situation turns out different than we expected.

We should not simply allow mistakes to happen randomly. We should consciously put ourselves in situations where failure is possible not merely an accident. Do you think Steve Jobs got the i-Phone right on the first try. Of course not. It like every other invention evolved. WD-40 is the fortieth formulation. Thomas Edison claimed to know a thousand ways to make failed light bulbs. If you do not try things where you don’t know the outcome in advance you won’t try many things and you won’t learn much.

You can make a mistake a serious mistake by ignoring the lesson

Excuse making is harmful. The most serious of the excuses is blaming someone else for the mistake. Maybe the government, maybe history, maybe your parents. Personal responsibility is a helpful adjunct to learning from mistakes.

When you assign agency for the mistake to others or outside conditions, you miss out on improving your ability to estimate the future and organize your affairs better. When you learn from mistakes and decide to avoid them in future, you predict better. That’s valuable.

Here’s why “It’s not often easy, and not often kind. There is no excuse that helps.

“There is no excuse for your failure; accept it and try again.”   Author M.F. Moonzajer

That is very adult and nearly impossible for each of us. Good place to start though.

The ability to be wrong and learn is something we should value,

“Human beings are the only creatures who are allowed to fail. If an ant fails, it’s dead. But we’re allowed to learn from our mistakes and from our failures. And that’s how I learn, by falling flat on my face and picking myself up and starting all over again.”  Madame Anne Sophie Swetchine


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