Learn From Mistakes

“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one” – Elbert Hubbard. All who wanted to succeed in life have made mistakes. That does not mean that one has to do some blunder in order to succeed! All that it means is mistakes do happen in life.

There are many folks who believe that successful people never make any mistake, only ignorant ones do. But the opposite is true. In fact, there is a book called “Einstein’s Mistakes” which describes some major failures he had in his profession.

The late Steve Jobs (Apple) and Bill Gates (Microsoft) have experienced failures. Thomas Alva Edison discovered the light bulb after many failed attempts. Once, when asked about his results, Edison replied, “I have gotten a lot of results. I know several thousand things that won’t work!”

If you want to start 2012 afresh and maintain that freshness, you got to have a mindset to learn from mistakes. You may not be perfect in all that you do in this year. But you can enjoy every moment of this year with such a mindset.

In fact, you can benefit from mistakes if you can handle them positively.

1. Mistakes can lead you to discovery.
You may be working on something. But you may end up discovering something else! This is the case of the Microwave Oven and Post-it Notes.

2. Mistakes can lead you to a solution.
You may have thought that you blew it. But in fact you found the solution that you were trying to find!

3. Mistakes can make you more knowledgeable.
That is what happened to Thomas Edison. He understood what won’t work as a result of his failures.

4. Learn from mistakes and then, dump them!
You don’t need to cling on to mistakes. When it happens, get the message and then throw them out. Don’t regret over your mistakes. Employ what you learned from them.

In order to start this New Year afresh, we must be ready to learn from mistakes.

In the next post, we are going to deal with the seventh step to starting 2012 afresh. Meanwhile, what are some of the principles you learned from the mistakes you made? Jot them down in the comments section below.

– – – written by Joe Abraham from www.joeandancy.com