Remember to keep this in your mind because you never know when you'll need to think of it and make use of its implication: when mistakes happen, when you believe you have failed, recognize that - as Richard Bach put it - they can all just be called unexpected learning experiences.
This works as long as you let it. In other words, if you make a mistake and fall into despair, and believe you will never get over it, or convince others that you are actually capable and intelligent and not what you showed yourself to be during the making of the mistake, then obviously you'll find it much harder to make a learning experience of your mistake.
But if you open yourself to this - to the fact that all mistakes can lead to learning - and to realizing that if a toddler had not fallen the number of times he did, he would never have learned to walk (and we certainly don't call that a mistake), or again, if a child learning how to speak, or particularly a child learning how to speak several languages all at the same time, makes mistakes, or uses the correct word but in the wrong language, no one considers that a mistake. Quite the contrary, we admire it, we comment on how intelligent the child is to be able to speak in more than one language.
Let's learn to look at our own mistakes the same way. Let's use them to our advantage. Let's learn from these unexpected learning experiences.
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