Personal Power (1 Mistakes)

I want it all
brand new socks and draws...

LOL do you guys remember that song?

Well it's currently playing on repeat in my head as I write this blog. The song just matches my mood, in any given moment, on any given day, I want it all. I've been cursed with my father's ambition and blessed with my mother's strength. No matter how bleak the road less traveled looks, no matter how much the path is filled with dangerous pitfalls, and treacherous inclines, I keep moving forward. I can not help it. I will be on my knees in tears at the end of the day, and bright eyed, bushy-tailed, and ready to start the grind all over again.

I have absolutely no problems with my resilience. My problem was with comprehension. I never learned from any of my mistakes. I would get knocked down in the dirt, get up, dust myself off, and then proceed to do the same shit in a different way. I was hard headed, stubborn, and equipped with an ego bigger than all outside. I really don't know how I came to be this way, but I knew it had to end. I knew I needed to study the patterns, find the lessons, and get the hell off the rollercoaster that was stopping my progress.

Being an ardent student of Google and YouTube university I found an interesting article and video to help me stop the madness.

How to Identify and Learn from Your Mistakes

Scott Berkun

Learning from mistakes requires three things:
  • Putting yourself in situations where you can make interesting mistakes
  • Having the self-confidence to admit to them
  • Being courageous about making changes
This essay will cover all three. First we have to classify the different kinds of mistakes.

The Four Kinds of Mistakes

One way to categorize mistakes is into these categories:
  • Stupid: Absurdly dumb things that just happen. Stubbing your toe, dropping your pizza on your neighbor's fat cat or poking yourself in the eye with a banana.
  • Simple: Mistakes that are avoidable but your sequence of decisions made inevitable. Having the power go out in the middle of your party because you forgot to pay the rent, or running out of beer at said party because you didn't anticipate the number of guests.
  • Involved: Mistakes that are understood but require effort to prevent. Regularly arriving late to work/friends, eating fast food for lunch every day, or going bankrupt at your start-up company because of your complete ignorance of basic accounting.
  • Complex: Mistakes that have complicated causes and no obvious way to avoid next time. Examples include making tough decisions that have bad results, relationships that fail, or other unpleasant or unsatisfying outcomes to important things.

This article really goes into detail about the different types of mistakes and how to overcome them. After you identify what mistake you have made click the link below, and learn how to gain from them.

Check back with me for the second part of Personal Power (2 Forgiveness)

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