Never Forget: Your Mistakes Are Proof You're Trying

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Never Forget: Your Mistakes Are Proof You're Trying

Hey, you know what you call someone who never makes a mistake? Boring. (I bet you thought I was gonna say "Perfect," but this article is about people who actually exist.)

We've all heard those motivational clichés about how Thomas Edison took a bazillion tries to make a lightbulb and Oprah got fired for "not being fit for television," but famous people's missteps sometimes still seem inconsequential given that we know how their stories turned out.


Admittedly, when you're nursing your ego after a giant screw-up, it's hard to see the big picture in your own story.

It's kind of strange that it's still hard for people to admit when we've messed up for some reason, considering we all do it, all the time. But this doesn't mean we're all incompetent, of course.

For example, a person can be a rockstar at work but makes a dozen mistakes while working on each project, or burns dinner twice a week at home, or forgets to pick up the dog from the groomer. More often than not, missteps don't automatically equal failure.


In fact, mistakes have their own benefits in that they are mini lessons on how to be a better you. Don't like the way a mistake makes you feel? OK, well you certainly won't do that again. Once you accept that mistakes are both inevitable and beneficial, life's challenges seem a little less terrifying.

Always keep in mind that the only people with any hope of not screwing up are those who won't try anything new. And, frankly, not doing anything adventurous with the life you've been given is the one mistake you shouldn't tolerate.

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Get out of your comfort zone. Try things others won't so you can live the life others can't.


Any mistakes you make along the way will just serve as hilarious anecdotes when you're reflecting on your path to personal success. No regrets, only lessons.