Mistakes? I Never Make Mistakes

Bonnie Johnson's Post

“Past performance is not an indicator of future success.” Anonymous

Phew!  That’s a relief! What a dormant world we’d live in if that were not true.  If we never attempted anything new because we were paralyzed by past mistakes nothing would ever improve.  What if we still thought our very first crush was the “one” for our entire lives.  It may have actually been true for some but for me that would mean that I would be married to the cute Asian boy named Anthony in my kindergarten class.  (Come to think of it that may have been a better choice than many of my later relationships…hmm…No, I’m kidding…kind of).

Looking back now I realize that I’ve learned so much about myself thanks to all of my past “mistakes”.  When you look at it from this angle you really can’t call anything a mistake.  Let’s change the word “mistake” to “something-I’ve-done-that-taught-me-what-it-is-that-I-do-not-want-and-therefore-I-learned-what-it-is-that-I-do-want”.  Ok, maybe that’s too long but we should always remember that the longer version is behind that word.

stuck in mudI can look back from where I stand today and see how I got here.  I can see the steps I took that brought me to this point, and even though some of them felt like I was walking in mud up to my waist, I can finally be grateful for it all because the lessons learned are obvious now.  Those times when I was surrounded by mud I had a hard time believing in the path ahead and that would only make it harder to move out of.  The trick is to never look at your mistakes as failures but as valuable lessons that keep propelling you forward.

Tracy touched on this recently with her “Just Do It” post when she featured the Michael Jordon “Failure” Nike commercial.  I hope you will find inspiration from these other famous “failures”.

Here’s to growth, regardless of how ugly it looks sometimes.  Svaha!

Bonnie

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6 thoughts on “Mistakes? I Never Make Mistakes

  1. Wouldn’t it be funny if that Asian boy in your kindergarten class turned out to be the one I married? (Ok, a bit off-track there).

    I’m getting better at looking at my mistakes as a lesson learned. I like it much more when mistakes turn into ‘happy accidents’. Ultimately, you’ll never know unless you try, right?

  2. The true measure of a man is the number of successes that he achieves in his lifetime, multiplied by how long he sustains it before committing an error. Learning doesn’t matter; it’s the satisfaction of having a spotless record of seamless success after success that does. It really FEELS GREAT to look back and find nothing wrong at all.

    Face it: we hate making mistakes. It’s our human nature to seek perfection, to be demanding of ourselves and of others, to shun screw ups.

    • I actually love this comment, it has an air about it that made me laugh out loud! Thanks for the chuckle!
      I do however challenge you to find one person in this world who can ‘look back’ and see a spotless record of seamless successes. I’d be really curious as to how long they did last until committing an error?

      I don’t like making mistakes especially when its with a sharpie! Damn those permanent markers! wink*

      I am sure some of us have certain things in our lives we would erase if we could, maybe nothing really significant but perhaps something small. I’d have to really think about that one to decide if I had anything worth erasing. I will ponder that for a while and get back to you!

      I honestly don’t think there is such a thing as perfect, I think there is darn close but that is also a perception of what we as individuals define as ‘perfect’. Yours may be completely different from mine.

      Screw ups I think are defined as someone who has what it takes but choses not to use it. And again that is my perception of what they want or should be, not theirs, so that too is negotiable.
      Just my opinion!
      Thanks for your comment, it was fun to dissect and respond to!
      T 🙂

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