The mistake we make about mistakes

The mistake we make about mistakes is over exercising caution in new situations to prevent a new mistake and under investing in not repeating a mistake we’ve already made.

Since we invest disproportionate effort into avoiding the first time mistake, we end up taking fewer chances and lose valuable opportunities to experiment and learn.

But, we’ll never avoid mistakes. So, attempting avoidance turns out to be futile. The best use of that energy, instead, is to soak the lessons we learn from that new mistake we just made to avoid repeating the same mistake.

The name of the game is making newer, better, mistakes that inspire learning and growth.