October 16, 2019
“The greatest mistake a man can ever make is to be afraid of making one.”
As my life goes on some things never change. In my case I continue to make mistakes and learn that I am not always right. It just goes to show me that I am normal. I have never met anyone who has never made a mistake.
I feel sorry for those who are so narcistic and ego driven that they can never admit they were wrong. These are the folks who will continue on the wrong path rather than correct their error. Most of the good people I know, and the most successful. don’t take themselves so seriously that they can’t admit their errors. I honestly think that our mistakes only prove that we are human.
Here are excerpts from a recent article written by John C. Maxwell that I agree with.
Learning from Your Mistakes
I used to think that as I gained maturity and experience I would make fewer mistakes. I thought, “I’m going to get better at this, because I made a lot of mistakes in the beginning.”
I believed that there would come a day when I wouldn’t make very many mistakes, because I’d get better. What I learned was that as I gained maturity and experience, I would continue to make mistakes, but I would learn more quickly from them.
What I found out was that I didn’t lower my “mistake quota” but I learned better from my mistakes, and it’s because of maturity. Maturity helps us learn more quickly from our mistakes and here are the reasons why:
- We become more self-confident. – As we become more self-confident, we’re willing to admit things that we would not admit if we had lower self-image.
- We realize that mistakes are not usually fatal. It was a happy day for me when I realized that when I made a mistake, it was seldom fatal. After you make a mistake and say, “Oh, I lived! I’m okay. I’m going to see another sunrise.” Then all of a sudden you say, “They’re not as big of a deal as I thought.”
- We find that we make the same mistakes unless we learn from them. – Unless I learn from a mistake, I usually keep doing it over and over again. You see, the question is not how many mistakes have you made; the question is how many of the same mistakes have you made? If I always do what I’ve always done, I’ll always get what I’ve always gotten.
- We understand that mistakes are unavoidable. – Look back at your early years. Can you think of the times you tried to avoid mistakes? You know what I’m saying? “Well, I’ll just be careful. I won’t make any mistakes here.” Well, after a while you just plunge in because you know the mistakes are unavoidable.
- We see others make mistakes. – Wasn’t it wonderful when you saw all the people that you admired make mistakes? You thought, “Oh, good night! Look where they are, and they blew it!”
“If you want to grow, you need to get over any fear you may have of making mistakes.”
John C. Maxwell,
Standing on the tee of a relatively long par three, a confident golfer said to his caddy,
“Looks like a four-wood and a putt to me.”
The caddy argued with him a bit and suggested that he instead play it safe and hit a 4-iron then a wedge.
The golfer was insulted and proceeded to scream and yell at the caddy on the tee telling him that he was a better golfer than that and how dare the caddy under estimate his game.
So, giving in the caddy handed the gentleman the four-wood he had asked for.
He proceeded to top the ball and watched as it rolled about fifteen yards off the front of the tee.
Immediately the caddy handed him his putter and said, “And now for one hell of a putt…”
“The sooner you fall behind, the more time you’ll have to catch up.”
The mail carrier had a registered letter that needed a signature for a party on his route. Receiving no response to his knock on the front door, he went around to the back door which he found open, except for the screen door. He knocked. A high pitch voice from inside said, “Come in.”
Upon entering the kitchen, he was confronted by the largest German Shepard he had ever seen. The dog bared his fangs menacingly, forcing the mail man against the wall. The mail man shouted, “Lady, call off you dog before he eats me alive.” The only response he got was that same high pitch voice coming from the next room saying, “Come in.”
Pressing his body against the wall, he slowly worked his way
to the door way leading to the next room. Looking around, he saw the room was empty, except for a parrot in a cage. After the threat from the huge dog, he was becoming quite irate and said to the parrot, “Darn you, don’t you know any words besides ‘come in’?”
Without a moments hesitation the parrot responded, Sic him!”
I have enough money to last me the rest of my life unless I buy something.
Two guys are out hunting deer. The first guy says, “Did you see that?”
“No,” the second guy says.
“Well, a bald eagle just flew overhead,” the first guy says.
“Oh,” says the second guy.
A couple of minutes later, the first guy says, “Did you see that?”
“See what?” the second guy asks.
“Are you blind? There was a big, black bear walking on that hill, over here.”
A few minutes later the first guy says: “Did you see that?”
By now, the second guy is getting aggravated, so he says, “Yes, I did!”
And the first guy says: “Then why did you step in it?”
I sure enjoyed the ads for prescription drugs a lot more when they didn’t tell me the side effects.
Suffering from a bad case of the flu, the outraged patient bellowed, “Three weeks! The doctor can’t see me for three weeks? I could well be dead by then!”
Calmly the voice at the other end of the line replied, “If so, would you have your wife call to cancel your appointment?”
“There are no mistakes. The events we bring upon ourselves, no matter how unpleasant, are necessary in order to learn what we need to learn; whatever steps we take, they’re necessary to reach the places we’ve chosen to go.”
Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.
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