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Mistakes–The process of feedback and learning

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Mistakes are about learning, easy say to say, but that fact doesn’t usually make mistakes enjoyable, particularly when mistakes are usually accompanied by harsh criticism.

In the book “Falling Forward”, the following “Autobiography in Five Short Chapters” is quoted.  I found it a profound way of looking at mistakes.  I think you will to.

Autobiography in Five Short Chapters
 
Chapter 1
 
I walk down the street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I fall in.
I am lost … I am helpless.
It isn’t my fault.
It takes forever to find a way out.
 
Chapter 2
 
I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I pretend I don’t see it.
I fall in again.
I can’t believe I am in the same place.
But it isn’t my fault.
It still takes a long time to get out.
 
Chapter 3
 
I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I see it is there.
I still fall in … it’s a habit.
My eyes are open.
I know where I am.
It is my fault.
I get out immediately.
 
Chapter 4
 
I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I walk around it.
 
Chapter 5
 
I walk down another street.

– Paula Nelson

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