Mistakes are good! Why making mistakes is important in life

Mistakes are good

Why making mistakes is important in life?

Well since your childhood you may have been bombarded with statements like, 

“How many times should I tell you that making mistakes is bad!” 


“You shouldn’t be making mistakes.”



Mistakes are good!

Early morning, I saw a baby trying to walk around in my neighbor’s garden. The baby kept falling and tripling down, hurting itself. Tell a baby that making mistakes is bad? Hey little one, can’t you walk properly?

Mistakes are good when we know how to use mistakes to our advantage.

Dennis Waitley, the author of 'Seeds of Greatness' and 'The Winner’s Edge' states,

"There are no mistakes or failures, only lessons."

When you learned the addition of 2 numbers, you did make a lot of mistakes in the calculation. Needless mentioning, some people make it till now!

Undoubtedly, human beings are the most superior beings on the planet. However, our species is born with a set of disadvantages. Yes, we have the power to think and the power to make mistakes. Mistakes define us. Mistakes are good. 

Experience is simply the name we give to our mistakes.

Make a mistake today and learn from it. Whenever you are learning something new, you cannot learn without making mistakes. If you make no mistake in adding 2 numbers, that is great! Now learn multiplication, and you will make mistakes. 

Fools do not learn anything new, for fear of making mistakes. They stick with addition only while the non-fearful learn divisions too!

Well, I know you are not kids to learn this addition and subtraction. But just try to apply this concept in your life too. If you want to add the amount of labor you do at your workplace or your house, you can do so without making mistakes. But if you desire to multiply your productivity, you need to learn new skills by making mistakes. Making mistakes is learning new things.

"A person who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new."

- Albert Einstein

Even while typing this content on my laptop, I have made a lot of mistakes too, but I make sure I am learning from my mistakes! We cannot but agree with the mastermind that mistakes are good.

There is nothing wrong with making mistakes, but is there anything wrong with making repeated mistakes?
A mistake made more than once is a failure. 

-Paul Coelho, author of The Alchemist

If you find yourself making mistakes again and again, then you can call your mistakes as your 'MISTAKES'. Repeated mistakes are no more mistakes. They are termed as failures in the true sense of the word. Failures in life are mistakes repeated. Learn how to deal with failures.

Failures in life are mistakes from which you never learned anything. So if you have failed in something, do not term yourself as a failure unless you do not learn from it. Learn from it so that you do not repeat that mistake again.

How do you know you have committed a mistake?

Finally, a great question to ponder over. Should you ask people if you have made a mistake that is the cause of my failure? (In case you don’t know which mistake of yours let you down). The answer is both yes and no.

Never ask a brickmaker about your jewelry (From the Richest man of Babylon). You need to ask people in your niche who have already been successful and way ahead of you. They have made mistakes in life. They learned from them and went way ahead of what you are now. Call them as your mentors. But how do I approach them?

In this technology-driven world, you have Youtube, Instagram, Facebook, and a hell lot of social media platforms where you can get help. Instead of scrolling your Facebook or Instagram endlessly, take heed of what successful people in your niche are doing right now.

Reading books can reduce the number of mistakes you make. You are not the first person in the world to have made such a mistake. Thousands and millions have already made the same mistakes. Reading books is called learning from the mistakes of others.

"Learn from the mistakes of others. You cannot live long enough to make them all yourself"

- Eleanor Roosevelt, the first lady of the USA

Pick up a book from your shelf (the book which you have been ignoring all day along in your dusty bookcase) and start reading.

Forget about your marks in your school. Getting cent percent marks without making mistakes is just a facade in reality. Bounce back to reality. In schools, making mistakes was terrible. It could destroy your career. In reality, the person who makes mistakes the most is the most experienced.

If you want to be an entrepreneur, you will always want to gather advice from someone who has failed multiple times in business and reached to the top, rather than getting advice from someone who hasn’t failed a single time and has inherited a great amount of wealth from his dad! Failures make experiences.

"In the real world, the smartest people are people who make mistakes and learn. In school, the smartest people don’t make mistakes"

- Robert T. Kiyosaki author of Rich Dad Poor Dad

I feel so guilty of making this mistake. Had I not made this mistake, I would have climbed to the top by now!

If this shit comes to your mind, think about this then.

The following lines reported from the Business Insider,

"At around 5:30 in the evening on Dec. 10, 1914, a massive explosion erupted in West Orange, New Jersey. Ten buildings in legendary inventor Thomas Edison's plant, which comprised more than half of the site, were engulfed in flames. Between six and eight fire departments rushed to the scene, but the chemical-fueled inferno was too powerful to put out quickly.

According to a 1961 Reader's Digest article by Edison's son Charles, Edison calmly walked over to him as he watched the fire destroy his dad's work. In a childlike voice, Edison told his 24-year-old son, "Go get your mother and all her friends. They'll never see a fire like this again." When Charles objected, Edison said, "It's all right. We've just got rid of a lot of rubbish."

Later, at the scene of the blaze, Edison was quoted in The New York Times as saying, "Although I am over 67 years old, I'll start all over again tomorrow." He told the reporter that he was exhausted from remaining at the scene until the chaos was under control, but he stuck to his word and immediately began rebuilding the next morning, without firing any of his employees.

Was there any other viable response? In the new book "The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph," author Ryan Holiday says there wasn't. Sure, Edison could have wept, yelled in anger, or locked himself in his house in a state of depression. But instead, he put on a smile and told his son to enjoy the spectacle.

"To do great things, we need to be able to endure tragedy and setbacks," Holiday writes. "We've got to love what we do and all that it entails, good and bad. We have to learn to find joy in every single thing that happens."

After thoroughly surveying the damage, Edison determined that he'd lost $919,788 (about $23 million in today's dollars), according to Matthew Josephson's biography. The flames had consumed years of priceless records and prototypes, and his plant's insurance only covered about a third of the total damage.

But after just three weeks, with a sizeable loan from his friend Henry Ford, Edison got part of the plant up and running again. His employees worked double shifts and set to work producing more than ever. Edison and his team went on to make almost $10 million four years later, in 1918
Edison is the same person who lit up the first bulb after trying 999 times. The 1000th time, hard work paid off.
 A reporter asked, "How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?"
 Edison replied, "I didn't fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps."
If you want to learn something, making mistakes is an integral part of it.

To quote Leonard Rubino, the author of “What is the secret once and for all”

"Show me a person who doesn’t make mistakes and I’ll show you a person who doesn’t do anything
Whenever you are making mistakes, it just means you are progressing."

What if I make a mistake while starting my entrepreneurial journey? What if I make a mistake in love? The “what ifs” are synonymous with “cannot” when they bother you a lot. What ifs are only important for planning not for kicking

If what-ifs are bothering you like a phantom in your nightmare, just remember this line by George Bernard Shaw,

"A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing"

Go on and make mistakes. Do not repeat the same mistake twice. A mistake repeated will transform into a pang of guilt that will be ingrained in your heart for years. We don’t commit mistakes, just happy little accidents to be learned from.

Now you know why making mistakes is important in life.

Be inspired.

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