Learn from Your Mistakes

“It’s always helpful to learn from your mistakes because then your mistakes seem worthwhile.” 
— Garry Marshall

Learn from Your Mistakes 

[dropcap]N[/dropcap]obody is perfect.  People commit mistakes.  Whether we like it or not, that’s just the sad reality of life.  

As human beings who are neither perfect nor infallible, committing a mistake is quite normal for us.  For some, it can be as simple as a littleslip-up in the workplace; not being able to do something which you should have done; saying something that’s out of line, or hurting your friend’s feelings.  But for some people it could mean totally messing up their relationship, someone else’s life, or even their own life.

But whether it’s just a simple mistake or a totally big one, we must accept our mistakes and promise ourselves that we shall do better next time.  The only way that we can move on and learn something is after we have admitted our mistakes.  So we should avoid being in denial, making excuses and blaming others for our errors, because that is never a healthy attitude.  The mature thing to do is to recognize the mistakes that we have made and to face the consequences –such as saying sorry to the people we have hurt because of the things that we’ve done.  Also, we must not be depressed about our slip-ups and inaccuracies; because as human beings it’s just normal for us to make mistakes.

Although it’s true that making mistakes is normal and to be expected from human beings – because we’re not perfect – we should, however, not make this line of reasoning an excuse for always committing slips and blunders.  Don’t useyour fallible human nature as a license for always making errors and mistakes.  Though we’re imperfect and prone to committing mistakes, we must still strive to learn from them and make ourselves better.  All of us may commit mistakes, but really, only some of us learn from them.  What makes us different and above the rest is when we learn from our mistakes and grow as a person because of them. learn from your mistakes

The important thing to do is to learn from your mistakes so that you won’t risk repeating them again.  We should look at our mistakes and those of others as opportunities to learn something from them.  Our past experiences, and also the passing of time, are great teachers that will give us more wisdom and a sense of better judgment.  And the knowledge that both good and bad experiences can definitely teach us something.

However, you can only learn from your mistakes when you accept the fact that you’ve messed up.  It’s only from accepting your mistakes that you are able to grow as a person.  Because, as Henry Ford said, ““The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.”

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Mae Davies

BA, MA Psychology (and Conflict Resolution), University of Cambridge (2007). With a decade of trial and error in psychology and 33 years of navigating my own complex (that's one word for it!) relationships with family, friends, co-workers and men, I hope I have some useful knowledge and skills to share with my readers about making sense of relationships and trying to become a better person every day.