Mistakes of a different sort

In my previous post I discussed mistakes in one's personal relations and how we have to get around them and keep on living.  There is another type of mistake which I don't really consider a mistake but an attempt that needs modified.  Each attempt in life is a stepping stone towards success.

We often hear that mistakes are an opportunity to learn and grow.  While this is true, I don't think many of us really view our mistakes in this manner and "one liners" are of very little value unless we internalize them and truly believe them.  Spend some time realizing how many "mistakes" Thomas Edison had to make before inventing a light bulb that was useful.  Realize that even a top-notch, professional baseball player fails to get a hit at least 70 percent of the time. Read an autobiography by someone you respect and notice how they too had many regrets.  There really are lessons in our mistakes if we look closely enough. 

The only way to avoid mistakes is to quit trying anything new and continue to do the same tried and true things everyday.  The problem with this approach is that  the world has changed since yesterday and what worked then might not work today.  I also believe that we, as well as all living beings, are designed to constantly evolve and explore ideas and ways of doing things.

There is no sure thing. Everyday is a risk so don't be lulled into thinking otherwise. This doesn't mean that we have to live in fear, instead be eager for a challenge. Just as a jet flying across country must continuously correct it's course, we must do the same. Each day we fine tune our course and direction, learning to listen to the voice within and make our own path. For each mistake, we learn and move on.

Life is what it is, live it.

“Do not fear mistakes.  There are none” ~ Miles Davis

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p.s  I have a lot of respect for Seth Godin.  Much of his writing contains some very meaningful and helpful wisdom.  Below I have linked to a couple of his articles on mistakes.  I hope you find them useful.

Two Kinds of Mistakes

The Difference Between a Failure and a Mistake

1 comment:

  1. Using my mistakes as a learning experience is the only way I stop self-loathing... so I do it all the time: learn and grow from them.