Posts Tagged ‘learn from mistakes’

Stop Making the Mistake of Thinking Mistakes Are Mistakes

December 15, 2009

It’s a maxim echoed by spiritual sages through the ages: Do your work without attachment to results. As the Bhagavad Gita, the greatest and holiest of ancient Hindu scriptures, states: “You are only to perform your duty without an eye on their fruits.”

One of the benefits to living this way is that it erases any stigma about “making mistakes.” Every action simply recalibrates the unified field, redirecting you to other possible outcomes. Trust this process; it is the road to wisdom.

You cannot fail, you can only produce results.
Wayne Dyer

Missteps, misfires, and mishaps are invaluable teachers. Architect and visionary Buckminster Fuller explained the value of mistakes through the analogy of a ship’s rudder. A ship tends to continue moving in the direction it is angled. The helmsman has to (more…)

Don’t Kick Yourself—Ask Three Questions Instead

June 29, 2009

large-rose-colored-glasses-on-beachA friend recently confessed that he had resumed an addiction he thought he’d conquered years ago. In the not-too-distant past, I would have reacted judgmentally. Instead, my heart went out to him, imagining the shame and vulnerability he must be feeling.

In the last few years, I have been so humbled by life that judging others for such shortcomings has become unthinkable. I’m very happy with the life I’ve built and with who I am, yet there are areas of my life in which, from all objective standards, I have failed miserably.

True, I’ve (more…)