You're Allowed to Make Mistakes

There are far too many people out there who live in fear of making a mistake. As a result, they always take the road most traveled by. They always cling to what feels comfortable, safe and familiar, because this will likely lead to predictable outcomes. But is that really how you want to live your life?

Just as you are allowed not to know something, you are allowed to make mistakes. You can be wrong. It is only through making mistakes (and picking ourselves back up) that we provide ourselves with the opportunity to learn. Think about when you first learned how to drive a car. There’s a good chance you struggled with parallel parking.

Along the way, you may have curbed your wheels more times than you’re willing to admit. Maybe you even accidentally “nudged” the car behind or in front of you. These are all part of the learning process and it is only through making mistakes like these that you can get better at parallel parking. The exact same philosophy applies to so many other areas of your life, from blogging to working, navigating an unfamiliar town to installing new software.

By definition, every time that you try something new, you run the risk of failure. You run the risk of making a mistake, but you also gain the opportunity of monumental success. If you make a mistake, so be it. Acknowledge your error, learn what you can from it, and try again. And again. And again.

Interestingly enough, it is sometimes when you make your mistakes that you end up discovering something even greater. Take the wrong turn when you’re on vacation and you might end up seeing some “tourist attractions” off the beaten path that you may not have otherwise found. Life is about exploration and learning. And mistakes just happen to be a part of the journey.