Monday, August 27, 2012

Realising one’s mistakes

We all make mistakes, don't we?  Well, the only difference is when a child makes a mistake; we overlook it knowing that through their mistake they eventually learn. However, when an adult makes a mistake we tend to get hard on them.  I believe that, if we have freedom to make choices then we should have the choice to make mistakes too.  It is due to the mistakes that we often commit that  we learn to be wiser and understand things better because , every single mistake is a blessing in disguise and there are actually untold blessings hidden within every mistake.

 Also, sometimes when we commit a mistake, we blame it on others just because we want to get out of the situation.  We do it normally when we are stopped by the police for speeding, reckless driving or any like reason.

Instead of taking responsibility, we blame the police for hiding in the bushes on the highway or around a bend. The mistake was ours as we were the ones who chose to speed. Furthermore, when we blame others for our mistakes, we never learn from our mistakes and hence make the same mistake over and over again.

We are all human and we shall always make mistakes but we need to take corrective steps to learn from our mistakes.  No matter how big the mistake is, there is always something to be grateful for. Maybe, we trusted and put our blind faith in a person and this person proved us wrong.

When we learn from our mistakes we then become better equipped when a similar challenge or situation comes along our way.

It is said that an example of a historical figure that used the errors and successes of others to build his own career is Napoleon Bonaparte. He learned all he knew about war from books, so much so, that, the first time he went to the battle field as a commander he won, though facing a dangerous enemy.

 In this case, Napoleon relied on the failures and successes of his ancestors to perfect his own skill. I believe that scientific discoveries are all examples of people learning from mistakes. Likewise, Thomas Edison did not invent the light bulb by following a plan straight from beginning to end. Instead he tried different experiments based on what he knew. Sometimes, these experiments failed. But he did not quit; he learned what he did wrong and tried something different the next time.

Whether it is ourselves who err or others let's see our mistakes as an opportunity to learn from the situation. "Learning starts with failure; the first failure is the beginning of education."

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