We all make mistakes: it’s what you learn from them that counts

Clearing out the attic this week made me realise the number of things i’ve got wrong over my life: the places and ways in which i’ve failed. School reports chart mediocre performance in chemistry and maths, a lack of engagement in PE and a tuneless ear for music. Old boxes of letters remind me of friendships gone and relationships that ran their course. Poignant memories and lessons learned.

Learning from our mistakes

We all make mistakes: with humility and alongside our communities, it’s our ability to learn that counts

They form, of course, the foundations of my happiness and success. The strength of friendships, work and knowledge now are founded upon the mistakes i made to get here. There’s nothing to regret, but much to learn from.

The Social Age is about the growth of wisdom, earned through humility and sharing. We have to share our mistakes as well as our ideas and enthusiasm: we have to be brave enough, open enough, trusting enough to confide in our communities. If we fail to share, if we are too proud to make mistakes, we can’t really learn, we can’t really be citizens of the Social Age.

About julianstodd

Author, Artist, Researcher, and Founder of Sea Salt Learning. My work explores the context of the Social Age and the intersection of formal and social systems.
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8 Responses to We all make mistakes: it’s what you learn from them that counts

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  3. Yes indeed… We are the result of our past experience: the good and the bad, the successes and the failures. Reflecting on those is necessary, to ensure we repeat history for the successes, not repeat history for the failures, and continue to grow and get better at what we do (at least what we want to get better at…). Makes me think about an old french-canadian saying, that goes something like this: dont say you’re sorry, just dont do it again – sounds better in french with a quebecer accent…. 😉

  4. Great article! There’s been a lot of interesting stuff about failiure on the What’s the Pont? blog lately that may be if interest, including this 1- http://whatsthepont.com/2013/11/04/loving-and-learning-from-failure-great-idea-but-how-does-it-work/.



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