Mistakes or Lessons??

Why You Should Look At Mistakes as Lessons...
Instead of Regrets

“I wish I had put more effort in my classes, by now I would have risen ranks higher. If only I could turn back time and avoid the mistakes that made my business go under. It’s because of not taking him seriously that he left and now is in the arms of another woman.” These are some examples of regrets that some of us are have had. Yes, you aren’t at the position you would have wished to be at. Maybe, you are nearing 40 or 50+ and you still haven’t found your footing. But this doesn’t mean you have to keep beating up yourself for past failures and mistakes. And as Richard Branson once said “You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing and by falling over”.

Robert Kiyosaki’s famous quote “Don’t waste a good mistake, learn from it” is aimed at encouraging people to not live on regrets but rather learn from their mistakes. Also Albert Einstein said that “if you have never made a mistake then you have never tried something new.” I mean, if you didn’t fail, how would you know you weren’t prepared? Or if you did get that job, how would you know that your skills are a bit behind.

The way you view a mistake will determine how fast you dust yourself and move on. The mistake is a doorway to learning about yourself. Theory and practical are totally different, and by making mistakes you are able to know how knowledgeable you are and how far you can go. This helps you prepare yourself better just as Napoleon Hill said “every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed on an equal or greater benefit’.

Accepting you made a mistake and moving on is better than analyzing and re-analyzing your situation. Living with regret is the same as insanity which Albert Einstein defined as doing the same thing over and over again, yet expecting different results. Truth is that if you are wise you can never repeat the same mistake again. Would you continue driving while drunk after getting involved in a fatal accident? Would you run your business hands-off after winding up dependent on an incompetent person? Of course not!

“If you live for long, you’ll make mistakes. However if you understand and learn from the mistakes, you’ll be a better individual. It’s how you handle hardships, that reveals your true character. The key thing is never give up, and never quit.” – Bill Clinton. From this quote by the former US president, we see that no one is immune to mistakes. The difference between the wise and the ordinary person is that the wise person accepts and learns from it while the ordinary person will be wallow in self-pity and live in regret. This is well brought out through this popular quote by Winston Churchill, one of the founding fathers of the US “All men make mistakes, but only wise men learn from their mistakes”. Mistakes should be viewed like stepping stones and an eye opener and not a barrier to success or happiness.

Yes, you may be living a life of regret. You you may be knee-deep in debt, maybe your partner has issued you divorce papers, you may have failed your finals, maybe your business is getting liquidated, or you are losing your home. But remember, nothing last forever. Why not wipe your tears, dust yourself off, getup and face life again. “Lessons is simply the name we give our mistakes.” – Oscar Wilde

Finally, I would like to encourage you to press on and always fix your eyes on the goal. Remember, Bill Gates, the world’s richest man said “its fine to celebrate success but it is more important to learn from the lessons of failure”.

Stay Inspired this week and keep learn from Life’s Lessons!

Tinah Marie

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