[one_third]The reason people try to avoid mistakes is that they feel they are a sign of failure or weakness. But mistakes can become learning experiences. If you haven’t made any mistakes lately, I question whether you’re trying hard enough. Not all avenues have been pursued. Not all channels have been covered. We learn from our mistakes. [/one_third][one_third]It probably can be said further that a person cannot learnwithout making them. Perhaps we would learn more from our mistakes if we were not so busy denying that we make them. Fear of making mistakes has kept many people from rising to the top.
When you make a mistake, you can resolve never to make another one. But that’s an [/one_third][one_third_last]impossible resolution. You can decide that mistakes are too costly and become fearful of them, but that fear will keep you from fulfilling your potential. You can constantly think about your mistakes and live with regret, but that’s self-torture. Finally, you can learn from your mistakes and become a better person, and that’s progress.[/one_third_last]
~from “Think on These Things” by John Maxwell