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God made the world round so we would never be able to see too far down the road.
-- Isak Dinesen
 

 

Tuesday, November 10, 1998

Have you learned yet?

Mistakes are great teachers. The lessons you learn from them are very specific, compelling and highly appropriate to your own unique situation. Your mistakes are custom-designed lessons, made just for you. Mistakes are very persistent teachers. If you fail to learn from them, they’ll keep coming back, stronger each time, until you do.

Learning from your mistakes is more than just an intellectual exercise. When you’ve truly learned from a mistake, it will change your actions or behavior. When you realize that you’ve made a mistake, consider this. Have you learned its lesson yet? Are you doing something differently as a result?

If so, then you’ve made the very best of the situation and used the mistake to your advantage. You’ve learned, you’ve grown, and you’ve become more effective. A successful life is built in large part by trial and error. Give your mistakes the respect they deserve, learn what they have to teach, and they will propel you forward.

— Ralph Marston

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