Better Mistakes?

Mistakes.  We’ve all made them.

A very smart man once said, “A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” ~Albert Einstein

And it’s true.

It’s easy to let a fear of making a mistake hold us back and stop us from taking bigger steps forward.

“Take chances, make mistakes. That’s how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave.” ~Mary Tyler Moore

Learning to be brave, take a risk, and fix a mistake are all part of the journey.

“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.” ~Elbert Hubbard

Don’t make it your goal to never make a mistake.  Instead, focus on doing the best you can and learning from every mistake or challenge.

“All men make mistakes, but only wise men learn from their mistakes.” ~Winston Churchill

So let’s make better mistakes tomorrow.  Who’s with me?

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  1. Ha Ha!! Of course I’m with you. These quotes are so true and these speakers are really genius.
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  2. So true, You can’t learn until you make a mistake. Only mistakes teaches you what’s right and what’s wrong.
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  3. Great post!
    I read a great quote recently that went something like “Next time you look back at a mistake, don’t say ‘what was I thinking?’ say ‘what was I learning?” – I love that.
    Heather xx
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  4. Hi Michelle

    When we make changes, there is a chance of making a mistake. At the same time, it opens up new opportunities and therefore, there is a good chance of a positive outcome. After all, everything that happens happens for a reason – and therefore, there is a positive in every negative outcome.

    Thanks for sharing this one.

    I hope you had a great weekend.

    Your friend across the pond

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  5. I am all for mistakes, better or worse :) you cannot learn anything new without making mistakes and you will missing a whole lot by always being on guard not to make mistakes…

  6. In each adversity is the seed of an equal or greater opportunity… mistakes are just little adversities making us stronger.
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  7. I love that Elbert Hubbard quote you shared in this post Michelle – it’s just so true, and something I’m trying to instill in my 10 year old twins at the moment – just ‘have a go’ because perfection is waaaay over-rated!!
    Tanya :-)
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  8. When I make a mistake, what makes me feel better is when I stop and think about what I learned from the mistake. If I learned something, then I move on. It’s the dumb mistakes that are frustrating, but the ones that are easier to avoid doing again. Love these quotes.
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  9. Definitely “with you” on this one.

    Truth be told …

    I make the BEST mistakes on the planet! :)

  10. Let’s make better mistakes TODAY :) I’m with you!
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  11. I love this post. It reminds that I don’t always have to write posts that are long. Once again you’ve influenced me … I’m going to do a post tonight that’s short and informative.

    In gratitude!
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  12. Michelle,

    I have adopted a new attitude towards mistakes. Looking back on many of the mistakes I have made in my life and analyzing them has led me to a new conclusion. You really can’t learn something until you have learned from your mistakes when trying to do it. This is so true.

    Think about people who were flipping homes during the housing bubble that burst in 2008. They kept flipping homes one after another constantly increasing their leverage on the next property. When they first started doing it they were working with $100,000 properties. When the bubble burst in 2008 they had worked their way up to flipping $500,000 properties. What they never realized was that their original business model was broken because of counting on housing inflation to remain high. Now they lost their butts because they didn’t realize they were making a mistake. You can bet that the next time they invest, if they ever do, in properties like that, their risk/reward calculations are going to be a lot different.
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  13. I really like the thesis of your post Michelle.

    My husband has a quote he repeats over and over – and I know it inspires me – ” Aim for perfection – and accept what you get”.

    It reminds me to fail big – and have a light attitude – learn from it and most importantly to be very, very kind to myself.
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