Mistakes Are Our Catalyst For Growth

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People I’ve known that have made the worst decisions in their lives but eventually turned out fine. They are all still alive and surprisingly, doing well. Everybody makes mistakes be it big or small ones. Depending on the severity of it, making mistakes should not be seen as a weakness but rather a learning lesson.

In our modern society whereby mistakes have been labelled negatively, nobody likes making them. Making mistakes might result in disappointment, sadness or even fear. 

However, if you could look past the mistake and from another perspective: the opportunity for growth and improvement. You’ll realise that mistakes are just a part of our lives. And as ironic as it sounds, there are benefits in making mistakes.

You’ll learn how to accept what’s happened and move forward, rather than dwell on the past. Mistakes can sometimes challenge the norm and result in a new perspective. After all, who would want to be the first person to try something different when a safer and praiseworthy solution is available? 

Remember that a ton of modern-day inventions and companies still exists because the inventors did not give up even when faced with a setback.

  • As an inventor of the light bulb, Thomas Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb.
  • Henry Ford failed and went broke five times before he succeeded.
  • Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper editor because “he lacked imagination and had no good ideas.” He went bankrupt several times before he built Disneyland.

When we avoid ourselves from making mistakes, we rob the opportunity to grow and indirectly mould ourselves into individuals that are afraid to make mistakes and take risks. 

Making mistakes also teaches us responsibility and independence. Imagine a scenario in which you made a mistake which leads to an unpleasant event. I’m sure that the majority of us would learn and avoid repeating a similar mistake in the future. 

Another beneficial point that making mistakes can impart is the ability for an individual to become better problem solvers and critical thinkers. Individuals will be able to rationalise the cause and effect of future choices and consequences before deciding on a decision.

So the next time you make a mistake, don’t beat yourself up over it. After all, we’re only humans and mistakes are part of the process for us to become better versions of ourselves.

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