A better type of mistake

A better type of mistake is one you haven’t made before.

A better type of mistake allows you to learn from what just happened.

A better type of mistake raises more questions than it provides answers. The kind of questions that are worth investigating.

When we’ve had a bad run, we tend to prioritise avoiding mistakes. We retreat, shrink and play it safe. We’ve lost the stomach for the process of growth.

Over the long run though, retreating is a worse type of mistake. Temporary shelter to rest and recover is fine but permanent bunker-building will diminish who we are and what we can contribute.

So, rather than avoiding all mistakes or just making the same ones over and over, maybe a more useful move is to find better mistakes to make.


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