There once was an old man known for his great wisdom and a young man asked him how he became so wise. The old man said, “I have good judgment.” The young man said, “How did you get good judgment?” The old man replied, “I have experience.” Of course the young man asked, “How did you get experience?” The old man answered, “Bad judgment.”
– Dave Ramsey, EntreLeadership
A failure is a project that doesn’t work, an initiative that teaches you something at the same time the outcome doesn’t move you directly closer to your goal.
A mistake is either a failure repeated, doing something for the second time when you should have known better, or a misguided attempt (because of carelessness, selfishness or hubris) that hindsight reminds you is worth avoiding.
Trying something and failing is fine. It gives you a chance to learn something new, which gives you experience, which leads you to become more wise.
Mistakes are fine, too, but they’re an indication that you didn’t close that loop when you were given the first opportunity.
How much better to get wisdom than gold!
To get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.
– Proverbs 16:16
What mistake are you making again and again? What do you need to learn from it?
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