“The only man who makes no mistakes is the man who never does anything.” — Theodore Roosevelt
“An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made, in a narrow field.” Niels Henrik David Bohr
“The field in which you make more mistakes without repeating them, learn most” -Sachin Kumar Gupta
“Wisdom is not in not making mistakes, but in NOT making the same mistake twice” — Unknown
“Without mistakes life would be a mistake.” -Sachin Kumar Gupta
Wow! Looking at the quotes above tells you that people with different perspective will have a different opinions regarding making mistakes. Some people eventually “runs away from making one” whilst some gladly hopped in. Why?
In my humble opinion, every human being makes mistakes, including those animals on the African Safari. You will realized that people with Goals or Objective are not afraid of making mistakes. They know that mistakes are a part of the process of reaching goals and success.
To reach for their goals, people take actions by just doing something. Occasionally that something turns out to be a valuable mistake.
Do they Give up? Of course not!
** Sadly for some people, they just call it Quit without re-trying.
People with goals will identify their mistake, correct it and keep on going. They are corrected over and over again until they reaches their goal. (Similar to a launched guided missile that is constantly making course adjustments while on its flight towards its destination or target). That is how experiences comes about. The experience of knowing how to avoid that same mistake the next time round!
You can do it too!
Bad mistakes are never fun. They hurt and can be demoralizing. But for people who have a more positive mindset, they see mistake as a signal that something different needs to be done to achieve the desired result. Such mistake can sometimes be a blessing; if you can overcome the frustration associated with your mistakes and take on the challenge of inventing a new process or new product feature, you are on the path to a breakthrough or improvement.
This article is titled “Precious Valuable Mistake” because we should not be the only one to learn from our mistakes but also ensuring others in our organization, our profession or people around us gets the benefit from our experiences. Information that helps you to identify mistakes and then taking the necessary measure Not To Repeat It should be shared with others as a learning experience. Isn’t that great?
Let’s take a closer look about Mistake.
What is a Mistakes?
mistake n. a. A misconception about the meaning of something; a thing incorrectly done or thought; an error of judgement?
b. In generalized use: misapprehension, misunderstanding; error, misjudgement.
c. something chosen through an error of judgement; a badly selected thing, a regrettable choice.
Some Author version: Generally, a mistake is a decision or an action that we come to regret. Mistakes usually cause some degree of pain, loss or struggle. Certainly we might agree that we don’t like the consequences and hence we call it a mistake. The irony is that these events that we try so hard to avoid may be precisely what we need to experience.
Why afraid of making mistakes?
Fear, embarrassment, frustration, self-defeating? Only they can tell you why!
Many people try to avoid making mistakes and some people actually experience a significant amount of apprehension and anxiety about committing mistakes. These individuals labor over making decisions out of fear, which tends to paralyze them. Yet, we don’t usually stop to consider exactly what constitutes a mistake.
The fear of making a mistake impacts not only our personal relations, but our jobs and careers as well. The “mistakes” made in the workplace may result in financial loss or even termination. This undoubtedly causes stress.
As such, the avoidance of pain, and at times, loss or sadness, limits our experiences. However, mistakes are necessary to propel us toward greater growth and awareness. Our beliefs about mistakes and failure sometime limit us from moving into a deeper and richer relationship with life. The fear of making such errors keeps us trapped in the very narrow comfort zone of the known.
How to avoid making mistakes?
Read this excellent article by Scott Berkun on how to learn from your mistakes. He mentioned several reasons why people make mistakes and how they can learn from their mistakes were highlighted.
You can only learn from a mistake after you admit that you’ve made it. As soon as you start blaming other people (or every-Tom-Dick-and Harry) you distance yourself from any possible lesson to be learn. But if you courageously stand up and honestly say “This is my mistake and I am responsible” the possibilities for learning will opens up for you.
Yes, there are some people who finds admitting mistakes is difficult. They might be in a culture or society where mistake can be deem as failure and they do not want to be look upon as one.
My way of avoiding mistakes is to go head-on in anything that I do, then correcting any mistake that I made along the way. I also read about what people did wrong and how they correct it, by doing so I have the ability to “avoid” making those known mistakes.
Remember, it’s “AVOID” and “NOT RUN AWAY” from it!
A Classic example:
Thomas Edison tried thousands of different materials in search of a filament for the light bulb.
When none worked satisfactorily, his assistant complained,
“All our work is in vain. We have learned nothing.”
Edison replied very confidently,
“Oh, we have come a long way and we have learned a lot. We now KNOW that there are thousands of elements which we cannot use to make a good light bulb.“
Now, that is what Learning from Mistakes is all about. As far as Thomas Edison is concerned, I think, those mistakes that they have made are Precious and Valuable Mistake.
# What are some of mistakes you have made? Care to share below?
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