Mistakes

We make mistakes. We focus on the wrong things. We get too far down a slippery slope. We steal. We cheat. We lie. We deceive others. We deceive ourselves. We see crime or fraud and don’t speak out.

You can be a good person and still exercise poor judgment.

We’re human. We all make mistakes.

Mistakes are bad, no doubt, but not learning from them is worse. The key to learning from mistakes is to admit them without excuses or defensiveness, rub your nose in them a little, and make the changes you need to make to grow going forward. If you can’t admit your mistakes, you won’t grow.

Failure is an event, not a person.

How you choose to interpret your failures will either move you forward in life or hold you back. Every failure can be turned into a stepping stone to success. Every mistake is a lesson in what not to do. Every setback is an opportunity to dig deeper in to yourself, to access resources you didn’t know you have and to acquire wisdom you could gain no other way.

It’s not the failures that define us so much as how we respond to them.

Preserver and Win

There is a saying, ‘If you are not making mistakes, then you are not making decisions’. What this really means is that decision making requires past experience, and in order to require experience, you need to try various options. In that process, there are bound to be failures.

If we realize why we failed last time, we can succeed the next time. However we should take care not to repeat the same mistakes. There must be an urge to to win even in utterly hopeless circumstances. Many of you have have heard about the story of King Robert Bruce, who was defeated six times in a row. He was finally cornered and was hiding in a cave, when he noticed a spider spinning a web. He saw that jumping quite a distance from one corner to another, Although it failed several times, the spider made repeated attempts, instead of giving up.

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The king watched the spider with curiosity. It failed six times but persistent effort helped it succeed the seventh time! The King thought to himself, “I too have failed six times already, but I am bound to win seventh time”. History testifies that he won the battle next time.

The moral of the story is, “Never lose the will to win, even in midst of failure”.