Words of Wisdom 015: On learning from your mistakes

It is wise to learn from your mistakes. It takes humility to admit you are wrong, but it is the only path of peace and growth.

Much of our suffering is due to our unwillingness to own our faults, mistakes, and selfishness.

Your need to be right or perfect keeps you from the treasures of new experiences, creativity, and harmony. Often I see the greatest growth in someone's life come immediately after their biggest mistake.

Be open to change. Learn from your mistakes, adjust what you know based on new information. See your mistakes as valuable teachers, an opportunity to refine who you are and what you know.


"No one should be ashamed to admit they are wrong, which is but saying, in other words, that they are wiser today than they were yesterday."

Alexander Pope

"It's not the note you play that's the wrong note–it's the note you play afterwards that makes it right or wrong."

Miles Davis

"If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone."

Paul the Apostle

"Life is the sum of all our choices."

Albert Camus


What can you learn from your biggest recent mistake?

Is there anyone you need to give a sincere apology to?

Do you need to surrender your need to be right?


The holiday season is upon us. It's an excellent time to seek to reconcile with a loved one. Don't let your life pass without doing all you can to make amends and restore relationships.

Live wisely,


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