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3 Reasons Good Mistakes Are Absolutely Not Fatal

It was as innocent as such an event could be…at least from one person’s view of the experience.  After all, what harm could be done, really?

The wife and child were out of town and a co-worker was game for a weekend hook-up.  Who’d be the wiser?  One secret little fling and life goes on, right?

The weekend experience exceeded all expectations!  It was wonderful for both parties and it was presumed no lives had to be shattered because of the infidelity.

For our hero it turned out to be a big mistake.  No…make that a big, BAD mistake!  What seemed innocent enough turned into a Fatal Attraction.

Yes, the story told in the movie, Fatal Attraction, clearly illustrates the horrendous outcomes that can come from making bad mistakes.  As it proves bad mistakes can be fatal.

Conversely, good mistakes usually aren’t fatal and actually can be helpful to the person making them.

So, the idea is, if you want to be a success at anything don’t fear making good mistakes.

There are three good reasons that is the case.

Gain Wisdom

b2ap3_thumbnail_blackboard-583692_1280While the experience of failure may not necessarily be enjoyable, the truth is failure broadens your understanding.  The more you know…the less you fear.

There are plenty of examples out there of very successful people who used their failures as learning experiences.  They didn’t let the failures depress them into inaction.  They learned what not to do from them and corrected their approach in how they were pursuing the outcome they wished to achieve.

Thomas Edison is one great example.  Among his most insightful observations about how mistakes (failure) can be a good thing is:

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

In other words, he gained wisdom from his mistakes and used that new wisdom in moving closer to his ultimate objective.

He is also noted for saying:

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”

You could put that another way by saying a bad mistake is made whenever you give up.  Clearly giving up is a fatal mistake because you stop your pursuit of the related goal.

Gain wisdom from your mistakes and good things will ultimately happen.

Broaden Your Comfort Zone

i-741519_1280In a currently popular Netflix series, Better Call Saul, the brother of the main character has slid into agoraphobia.  It’s a terrible anxiety condition that stops sufferers from going outside, as just one symptom.  Talk about having a limited comfort zone!

Well, making good mistakes limits a metaphoric agoraphobia when it comes to your current comfort zone.

Getting out of your current comfort zone is critical to achieving all you can be, do or have.  I ask you:  How can you be, do or have more without doing things differently?

The obvious answer is you can’t!

Making mistakes forces you to broaden your comfort zone.  When you broaden your comfort zone, the related gain in wisdom and perspective drives greater success.

That would seem to be good and certainly not fatal!

Enjoy Life More

people-821624_1920Overcoming mistakes makes you more resilient.  Being able to quickly bounce back from the difficulties created by mistakes adds a confidence that makes life more enjoyable.

You know how good you feel when you figure out a new way to do something?  You feel clever and innovative, right?  Inevitably you made mistakes while finding the new way but it resulted in making life more enjoyable.

Life becomes more enjoyable when you give yourself a break regarding making mistakes.  That empathy for yourself allows you to accept the mistakes as learning opportunities and to use them in moving on toward your objective.

Yes, good mistakes are absolutely not fatal.  They are the admission price to succeeding in everything you do.

Make no mistake about it!


What is one example of a good mistake you have made?  What wisdom did you gain?  How did it help broaden your comfort zone?  In what way did making the mistake help you enjoy life more?

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Crop of GNCC ShotMindstate mentor, author, trainer and speaker, Gary Greenfield (@LifeRider) provides self-employed people inspirational insight and concise business ideas to help improve mindstate and minimize stress. He believes a mindstate that is positive and stress that is minimized helps self-employed people better profit through performance.

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