Take a minute to think about the word mistakes.
According to Dictionary.com, the word mistake means: “an error in action, calculation, opinion, or judgment caused by poor reasoning, carelessness, insufficient knowledge, etc.”
The definition of mistake is enough to make anyone want to avoid them, but that’s not right. Look through‒out history at some of the largest mistakes ever made, and you’ll find success, fortune, fame, and happiness.
Most of the items and objects we use each day were created through mistakes. The lights powering your computer or phone monitor are the result of one success found from hundreds of mistakes. Donuts, Coca‒Cola, sticky notes, penicillin, ice cream cones, the slinky, are all examples of mistakes that become successes.
Yet, despite the evidence that mistakes can lead to success, you are likely to avoid them regularly. It’s time to see that mistakes aren’t all bad, but are actually beneficial.
When was the last time you could have done something, but decided not to for fear of making a mistake ‒ or worse: failing? What was something you may have wanted to do, but didn’t, because you didn’t want to risk making a mistake?
Compare those moments or situations to times where you did make a mistake, or you did fail.
Even after making a mistake, you were still able to move forward, were you not? And, if you’re smart, you learned something from your mistake as well, right?
Mistakes aren’t bad news, in‒fact: mistakes should be recognized as indicators of learning.
“A man’s errors are his portals of discovery.” ‒ James Joyce.
Don’t be afraid to make some mistakes today.