Sunday, 19 January 2014


I've often heard people say "if I only knew then what I know now imagine what...!" Unfortunately life doesn't work that way. Knowledge and experience is gained through time as we challenge our minds and bodies to pressure perceived limitations and push beyond plateaus. Throughout life, in facing those challenges, we are likely to make a multitude of mistakes and encounter failure along the way.

We are all visual, auditory, and tactile learners. Most of us learn more and advance further by doing (tactile) and many of us need all three pieces to get there more effectively. Personally I am mostly a visual and tactile learner - I need to see it done well, study the parts, and 'Do It' and 'Do It Again'!

From infancy we have learned from failure and have persevered through tough moments. We started as a baby going from belly to hands and knees and plopping back to our belly. We then pushed past that to being stable on our hands and knees but fell when we tried to move them. We learned to move them and then started to get help to balance on two feet but we often fell back to earth. We then learned to balance and we also learned to pull ourselves up to our feet and balance...then came putting a foot in front of the other, taking steps, walking etc. Throughout it all we watched, listened, and tried yet we fell constantly until we mastered a piece along the way through repetition and by not giving up. That is typical of a positive existence.

Making mistakes and experiencing failure is a natural part of life's learning process and advancement. The ability to admit making a mistake or recognizing failure and evaluating the process is an integral part of getting beyond it, making improvements and achieving success. Push yourself, embrace the fact that you may fail at first, and challenge yourself to learn from it and do better!

"You are capable of more than you know. Choose a goal that seems right for you and strive to be the best, however hard the path. Aim high. Behave honorably. Prepare to be alone at times, and endure failure. Persist! The world needs all you can give." (E.O. Wilson)

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