The importance of making mistakes to achieving success

Making MistakesAs children, we’re often taught that making mistakes is a bad thing. For instance, many parents will actively discourage their children from doing anything that might lead to them making what, from the parents’ standpoint, appears to be a serious mistake.

Would this be an experience with which you’re familiar, dear reader? Certain, I am.

The human experience:

However, I’ve learned that making mistakes is an essential element of the human experience as we progress on our journey down life’s highway.

There’s no road map for this journey, you learn as you go along and use what you’ve learned to improve your life as best you can.

As you journey down life’s highway, of course, you face an endless stream of choices at various times in your life.

Each time you come to a fork in the road, a decision must be made.

Daunting as this may be at times, you must always remember that every decision you make will be a valid one. It may not prove to be the right one but that doesn’t make it any less valid based on what you knew at the time.

Allow me to explain.

Almost every decision you have to make will have been based on imperfect information. That’s the nature of life in the modern world.

So, all you can do is to use your judgement, weigh up the pros and cons, and act in good faith.

Inevitably, outcomes won’t always be favourable to you but that doesn’t mean you’ve made a bad choice. It just means life has a lesson you must learn.

That’s the thing about mistakes they’re just lessons which over time provide you with that valuable commodity known as experience.

And never, ever underestimate the importance of experience when it comes to the achieving of success.

Lessons learned won’t be forgotten:

What you learn from your mistakes is far more important to you than anything anyone can tell you in a classroom. You’ll never forget those things you’ve had to learn the hard way.

Life is not called the ‘School of Hard Knocks’ for nothing.

If you believe in yourself and your ability to use your own judgement and you accept that you’ll make mistakes occasionally, then you have the ability to cope with just about everything life throws at you.

Just make decisions to the best of your ability and knowledge and then, if they don’t work out, just look for the lesson and learn it well.

Never let anyone tell you that making mistakes is a bad thing because it’s not.

Despite anything people will tell you to the contrary, there’s nothing wrong with making mistakes because that’s how you gain experience and that’s how you’ll grow in character.

Once is fine; twice is not:

That said, whilst making a mistake is perfectly reasonable, making the same mistake frequently is not.

Make a mistake once and that’s fine; make it twice and you’re starting to look a little bit careless. Make it three times and people will start to have serious doubts about you.

An essential element of success:

No one ever mastered anything without making mistakes.

Whatever you choose to do in life, you start as a complete beginner like everyone else.

If your aim is to be a success in your chosen profession, then you must get out there, have a go, make mistakes, learn from them and keep refining your craft until you’re the best, or at least as good as the very best.

It can be done and people do. You can too.

However you must accept that you’ll make mistakes, and as long as you don’t make the same mistakes too often, you’ll be fine.

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