Making Mistakes


Misteaks wir made

A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing. — George Bernard Shaw
As I was planning this post, I accidentally clicked the publish button on a post that was not yet ready. That's one mistake. Ooops! I saved it as a draft again, knowing that it had leaked out to all followers. Oh, well. Who cares? Most of us in the blogosphere have done that.
I have learned throughout my life as a composer chiefly through my mistakes and pursuits of false assumptions, not by my exposure to founts of wisdom and knowledge. — Igor Stravinsky
I'm working at a temp job for a fellow who loves to find fault. That's not his fault — he was thrown into a managerial situation without any training or background in supervising people. After being harassed for a minor error without opportunity to use it as a learning experience, I responded "So... what do you want me to say? I'm sorry? I made a mistake? I was wrong? It won't happen again? (It might.) What can we do to move forward?" He had no comeback. I took the lead and suggested that we move on to the next item on the agenda.
Mistakes are the portals of discovery. — James Joyce
Sure, there are BIG mistakes with serious consequences but what's done is done. We can hang onto the memory of the mistake and get deeply stuck in the past or move into the present, deal with the consequences and let go of the what ifs and could have beens. What good does it do to wallow in a bad decision or careless movement or error in judgement? No good at all. In fact, it's a waste of this precious moment.
If you have made mistakes, even serious ones, there is always another chance for you. What we call failure is not the falling down but the staying down. — Mary Pickford
I wonder about posting drawings or paintings that are not my finest work. Especially in the nether region between one project and another. But my finest work is the result of a process of trial and error. So it is for everyone. That's how we learn — by trying things and making mistakes.
Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams
If you find that you or someone else has made a mistake, respond with encouragement.

If we don't make mistakes, we don't learn. If we're afraid of making mistakes, we are confined by fear. If we're confined by fear, we'll never excel. Making a mistake is not failure. Being afraid to make a mistake insures the worst failure — never having tried at all.