Making the Best of Your Mistakes

Make the Best of Your Mistakes
Make the Best of Your Mistakes

“When you make a mistake, big or small, cherish it like it’s the most precious thing in the world.”

 -Leo Babauta

Most of us feel bad when we make mistakes, beat ourselves up about it, feel like failures, get mad at ourselves.

Yet without mistakes, we would not be able to learn or grow from them.

If you think about it that way, mistakes should be cherished and celebrated for being one of the most amazing things in the world: they make learning possible, they make growth and improvement possible. We can get better from doing something wrong as ironic as it sounds.

By trial and error — trying things, making mistakes, and learning from those mistakes — we have figured out how to make electric light, to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, to fly.

Mistakes make walking possible for the smallest toddler, make speech possible, make works of genius possible.

Instead, you get information about something, from reading or from another person or from observing usually … then you construct a model in your mind … then you test it out by trying it in the real world … then you make mistakes … then you revise the model based on the results of your real-world experimentation … and repeat, making mistakes, learning from those mistakes, until you’ve pretty much learned how to do something.

That’s how we learn as babies and toddlers, and how we learn as adults. Trial and error is the gateway to success, and doing the best you possibly can.

So if you value learning, if you value growing and improving, then you should value mistakes. They are amazing things that make a world of brilliance possible.

Celebrate your mistakes. For they have made you what you are today.

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