Breaking and fixing mistakes

What’s the point of making a mistake if it doesn’t teach you a lesson?

The first time I ever shot a basketball was underhand. But then I learned proper form and practiced every day, inspired by Michael Jordan and the Bulls.

The first time I saw a billboard I got nervous because I couldn’t read it. But then I learned how read and write in school.

We never forget our first moments, when we practiced with little reference and raw skills but continued learning with anxious excitement.  Everything was new.  

But then it finally comes time to play the game.  We have to perform during competition to test our skills against others and see how we match up.  

And it doesn’t even stop there.  There are other variables like teamwork and leadership you also have to master if you want to win consistently.  

In other words, you can’t ever stop learning and strengthening your skills.  And you certainly can’t identify what those weaknesses are until you fail in practice and in the games.  

Experience tends to breed success which creates more passion, but losing questions your durability.  Do you really want this or do you only want it because you see positive results most of the time?  

There’s always room for improvement.  Failure is only temporary if you learn from it and avoid the same mistake again.  People may remember your slips but they are more likely to celebrate with you in your successes.  

Achievement is the end result of years of diligence.  

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.