Peter McWilliams

“To avoid situations in which you might make mistakes may be the biggest mistake of all.”

Life is inherently risky. When you step outside, there’s a distinct possibility that you could get hit by a runaway car. When you go to a job interview, you may slip up on one of the questions and blow your chances of landing the position.

That doesn’t mean that you should avoid going outside or that you should skip all job interviews, though. After all, you’d be bypassing everything that life has to offer if you just holed yourself up within your comfort zone.

And that’s the main message that we get from Peter Alexander Williams (1949 – 2000) and his quote above. It doesn’t matter how many times you fall down; it’s how many times you get back up. You’re allowed to make mistakes. Indeed, it’s almost preferable to make mistakes, because that’s how you learn and that’s how you get better at what you do.

If you avoid situations where you have the chance of making a mistake, this means that you are necessarily restricting your ability to grow, to evolve and to learn. When you make that mistake, you gain new insights and you’re able to expand your skill set. Yes, accept that failure is likely, but it is only through this acceptance that you give yourself a chance at success.

Peter McWilliams was a writer and self-publisher, authoring such self-help books as Life 101. In later years, he became an advocate for the legalization of medical marijuana, suffering from AIDS and cancer himself.