Published by Mathieu Fortin
Author & Entrepreneur
1 year ago
Alright. So, as you might already know, most of the books I read are personal development and business books—yeah, I really dig that stuff. And over time, what I’ve come to notice is that people talk a lot about this thing called “learning from your mistakes.” I’m sure you’ve heard about it… I’m even talking about it in my free 10-step guide to success!
Now, this got me thinking. Does it mean you absolutely have to make mistakes in order to learn something? I don’t think so. Here’s why…
And it’s no surprise, mistakes are probably one of the greatest sources of new knowledge out there. Why? I think it’s basically due to the fact that they’re so practical—you can’t make a mistake while you’re reading a book, you know what I mean? It has got to happen while you’re actually trying something new; while you’re right in the action. And I honestly think that’s why mistakes are so powerful.
When you’re trying to get fit, you go to the gym and you work on building those muscles. Every time you flex a muscle, thousands of micro-tears appear on this one. Your body then uses protein to repair the damaged cells and make the muscle stronger—that’s your recovery process. And on the long run, that’s what gives you the muscle gains you’re looking for.
When you make a mistake, now, your brain knows something isn’t working properly. Thus, its only option is to figure out what’s wrong and than use this data to build new connections—better, faster and stronger connections that will help you find a solution to your problem. Mistakes are like the micro-tears that allow you to get wiser. It’s a simple analogy, yet I think it makes the point clear.
So, now that you know why everyone’s talking about the importance of failure in the learning process leading to success, there’s something else I’d like to share with you…
What I’ve come to discover is that you can learn from other people’s mistakes. Want me to say it again? You CAN learn from other people’s mistakes; which is not only going to save you a tremendous amount of time, but is also going to help you maintain a higher level of motivation on your way to success.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that you won’t make any mistake on your way up—yeah, sometimes you’ve got to learn your lessons the hard way—but when you have the opportunity to avoid it, you’d be a fool not to take it, right? See, a lot of people have been there and done that. No matter what it is you want to accomplish, chances are that someone has already tried to do it before. They might have succeeded or not, but I bet they can tell you for sure what didn’t work in the process.
In a recent post I made, I’ve talked a bit about how having multiple mentors has helped me in getting where I am today. Again, I think finding a great mentor is probably the best way to learn from mistakes… Without actually having to make them. That’s where mentors can come pretty handy!
And speaking of which, I’ve got a new book coming up shortly, a book entirely dedicated to mentorship. My six interviewees and I are going to answer all your questions on the subject—it’s going to be EPIC! To make sure you don’t miss anything about it and get all the exclusive bonuses I plan on giving with it,subscribe to my mailing list by clicking here!
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