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Two Ways To Turn A Mistake Into An Advantage


We make mistakes every day. It’s inevitable. So, stop focusing on avoiding mistakes and start learning to embrace them as opportunities for self-development.

Here are two ways to implement mistakes into your development of optimistic confidence:

1. Embrace Them

What is a mistake, exactly? In The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde writes, “Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes.” Every single person makes a mistake every single day. Instead of letting our mistakes be hindrances to our growth in confidence, why not let our mistakes propel us forward?

The first step toward this mindset is acknowledging that you’re going to make at least one mistake each day. It may be a small mistake that only you notice, or it might be a huge mistake that changes your life. Either way, know that mistakes are inevitable.

Second, don’t dwell on your mistakes; however, you should reflect on your actions and recognize what you could have done differently. Then, strive to act differently in the future. What’s done is done, but a situation like that will surely rise again.

Third, don’t ridicule people for their minor mistakes. This will help you learn to approach your own mistakes with positivity and optimism. Learn to see the value in analyzing the mistakes of others instead of tearing them down.

Wise people learn from the mistakes of others, which will ultimately limit the number of serious mistakes in our own lives. This will aid your own life experience.

2. Learn from Others’ Mistakes

True wisdom comes from life experiences and learning from your mistakes, but wisdom can come from the analysis of other people’s mistakes as well.

For example, if someone walked down a particular alleyway and was robbed, you would learn from their mistake and avoid that alleyway.

When we analyze the mistakes of other people (famous or personal acquaintances), we often put ourselves in their situation. We say things like, “This is what they should have done,” or, “This is what I would have done.”

This process of analysis can lead to your own wisdom. When you analyze the mistakes of other people, you subconsciously tell yourself how to act when a similar situation arises in your own life. Since someone else acted in that situation first, you’ll be prepared to act in a manner according to your person moral compass.

With the confidence to act in certain situations, you’ll find yourself growing toward wisdom through experience, even if that experience isn’t your own.


Tom Malone is the Editor-In-Chief of The Adventure Tribune and author of adventure novels, like Across Americana. He is based in Denver, Colorado, where he adventures through the Rocky Mountains while not traveling abroad.
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