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Excellent mistakes
November 26, 2012

Six Rules for a Rewarding career by Eric Barker in The Adventures of Johnny Bunko

  1. Don’t plan
  2. Thinks strengths not weaknesses
  3. It’s not about you
  4. Persistence trumps talent
  5. Make excellent mistakes
  6. Leave an imprint

Many believe that we learn from the misfortunes and difficulties that we find we face and then overcome or maybe more accurately move on from. It is a small step to go from that to focusing on our mistakes and realising that these also give us opportunities to learn and grow and find some wisdom and perspective.

But there is a stronger view than this – that all our life learning follows from our difficulties. Of course we may crumple in the face of these but if we do not then we will learn and we then grow. So on this understanding, what a great idea it would be if we made mistakes that were excellent – meaning that we really learn from them?

The problem is of course that you cannot try to make mistakes – that would certainly not work. Always your intention has to be to do the right thing and only later on review, conclude that it was wrong – in the sense of not turning out as you hoped.

I suppose though that action is demanded in order that mistakes or not are made. Inaction and the passing up of opportunities is rarely other than a bad (as opposed to) excellent mistake.

Am I rambling a little? So far, this is my favourite of Eric’s six rules. Thanks Eric.

best wishes

Andrew Richardson
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