“Mistakes are your best assets. They hone your skills and develop your creativity. Don’t be afraid to make them, the more the merrier.”
From Barry Kibrick
Eric Metaxas the right-wing author and radio talk show host, once said when he was talking about one of his books and I’m paraphrasing: “We’re all a bunch a screw ups, it’s just a matter of what you do with your screw up. Do you learn from them and not make the same mistake again, or do you keep making the same mistakes over and over again.”
Eric Metaxas is a Donald Trump lover (if not ass-kisser) so obviously I don’t like his politics, but he’s right about this. And even if the rest of his life is one screw up after another (like who he votes for President) at at least he hit one home run in his life.
I’m not arguing that people should go out there and screw up as much as possible and purposely get things wrong in life, because then you would no longer be a screw up, but an idiot. And no good, sane, intelligent person, wants to be associated with idiots, unless they’re useful idiots and they use those people as tools. And hopefully Barry Kibrick isn’t arguing that people should intentionally screw up in life.
The three guarantees in life are death, taxes, and mistakes, which comes from being imperfect people in an imperfect world. The question is what do we do with them: do we lie down on the ground and claim life is too hard and we’re simply not good and smart enough to be successful in life, or do we learn from our screw ups and use them to become better people. Intelligent people will learn from their screw ups and use them to become better people: “This is where I failed and this is what I should do in the future to be successful. Now I know.”
Intelligent people also won’t say to play on what Barry Kibrick said in his video: “I won’t make that mistake again.” Well, to use a baseball analogy: how many hitters do you know of who have struck out on a curve ball thinking that they were swinging at a fastball and then struck out on the same pitch later on, again thinking that they were swinging at a fastball? You’re not going to find a Major League power hitter who hasn’t made that mistake multiple times. And the same thing in any other profession.
The key is to not routinely make the same mistakes over again. The whole point about having a brain and intelligence is the ability to learn and even learn from our mistakes. The greatest gift about being an imperfect person is the ability to learn. Imagine how boring life would be if you started out already knowing everything, similar to inheriting a billon dollars by the time you are 21: what’s the point in going on when you already know and have everything?
Again, the key is what do you do with the information, facts, and evidence that have just been given to you: do you use them improve, or do you settle for mediocrity. Intelligent people always use that informations, evidence, and facts to improve, which is why they’re intelligent and successful in life, because they always want to be the best that they can be.