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It is a golden maxim to cultivate the garden for the nose, and the eyes will take care of themselves.
-- Robert Louis Stevenson
 

 

Tuesday, October 15, 2002

Once you see the mistake

Perhaps you made a mistake, and perhaps it was a serious one, but that mistake is now history. Even though you might be paying its price for some time to come, the mistake itself is over. For as soon as you realize you’ve made a mistake, it goes from being a negative to a positive influence. Once you see it was a mistake, you’ve already begun to correct it and to find ways that you can become stronger because of it.

Mistakes can be costly, and yet the good thing is that the more you pay for a mistake, the more positive value you’ll get from it. Mistakes, though they are rarely ever sought, end up being excellent investments once they’re understood.

Usually, mistakes are at their most destructive stage when you have not yet recognized them as mistakes. Don’t be afraid to see your mistakes, because as soon as you realize something is a mistake you can begin to transcend it.

Mistakes can continue to set you back or they can begin to move you forward. It all depends on when you see them and recognize them for what they are.

Have the courage to admit your mistakes, see and understand them, and you’ll transform them from mistakes into valuable knowledge.

— Ralph Marston

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