Why are mistakes important?

“Nothing worthwhile comes without making plenty of mistakes.”


There are many explanations to this question, yet the basis of it can be defined in a simple answer – lessons. Even though mistakes can overwhelm us at times there are opportunities within each and every mistake we make.

Nothing worthwhile comes without a fight. Yet, nothing worthwhile comes without making plenty of mistakes. One of my favorite motivators comes by the name of Anthony Robbins. In his lectures he states, “If you make a mistake make a big one because you’ll learn so much more.” This expression couldn’t be more accurate. Mistakes are meant to be made. Without them, sadly you wouldn’t accomplish anything worthwhile.

We all make mistakes. They come in different colors and shapes of all sizes. They come at random and during times when you’d least expect them. Mistakes are needed for effective learning and development. Unfortunately, most of us are ashamed of them. Mistakes are often looked at as negative hindrances and setbacks and rarely perceived as gifts for advancement. Mistakes should be looked at as opportunities for growth.

We make mistakes to learn the system of life. Without them we wouldn’t be able to judge success. Even though it can be difficult to forget a mistake, each one can act as an experience to move forward. Mistakes should be looked at as encouragement rather than as failure. Mistakes provide us with the necessary information needed to garner success and happiness. Satisfaction is received when we try a second or third time and finally succeed. It’s through our mistakes that we learn the fundamentals to live happier lives.

Don’t let your mistakes crush you. They’re meant to be lived and appreciated. Each of them were served to you to learn valuable life lessons. Take the time today to reminisce all of the mistakes of your past. Write them down one by one. As you relive each experience be sure to erase it from your conscious mind; no longer to be seen as a negative hindrance. Don’t let your mistakes drag you down any longer. It’s time to forgive yourself for the mistakes you’ve made. They have weighed you down far too long. Without them you wouldn’t be who you are today.



Meditate on some of your most recent mistakes. As you gather images to your experiences ask yourself these questions. What emotions did I feel? How did the experience affect my life? What did I learn from the experience? I guarantee each time you reflect upon your mistakes you’ll come to a conclusion that each experience helped shape your personal characteristics in some way. They made you a better person. With each mistake you’ll uncover inner personal growth. Look back at the time when you lost your first love, or the time when you lost in the triathlon in junior high school. Maybe it was a time when you were laughed at in the cafeteria when you dropped your lunch all on the floor. Whatever mistake was made I can assure you that it has helped you in some way. Your first love may have felt perfect back then but now you realize that he/she isn’t the right fit for you. Perhaps you learned to treat your new partner differently through the mistakes you made in your past relationships. As far as the triathlon in middle school, perhaps the reason you failed was because you weren’t as prepared as the other competitors. Now you’ve learned to practice much more before your next event. Dropping your lunch on the floor could’ve acted as simple lesson of taking proper precautions when entering the facility next time. Either way, the mistakes you’ve made were designed for your benefit. They were designed to make you a better person.

Writing your mistakes down on paper will help you move towards happiness. Doing this Simple exercise can help transform your thoughts to a much more positive and healthy mindset. In doing this, you will be able to forgive yourself and move forward in life. Only when you’re able to face your past mistakes and forgive yourself you be able to live an ideal lifestyle and move towards happiness. You have the power within you to make a huge difference in your life. Take the time to erase your negative past today.

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  • Olivia

    My horoscope told me to look back on the mistakes I made in the last year, and even though it was a reckless year, when I thought about it, I realized I hadn’t made any mistakes at all. Except maybe believing mistakes are even real. Every error and situation I looked on in shame and regret, in their moment. But I feel no shame or regret for now. I would say instead, we should take risks and learn from the results, but to me a mistake is something we shouldn’t have done. What shouldn’t we do? There are no mistakes, just risks and results. Not mistakes. You learn, you get stronger, you risk and act more. The fear of making a ‘mistake’ is too paralyzing to bother with, mistakes are only as true as you let them be.

  • Maddie

    Mistakes are important because without them you would be unable to evolve and grow. It is quite a challenge to learn new things without making a mistake in the first place. When you think about it, the whole world is built on trial and error! Great post and exercise.

  • Hazwan Mahfuz Nazmi

    Common sense rises its ugly head > We LEARN from our mistakes and the opposite to all the As in today’s world is DENIAL from which you learn NOTHING

  • Helen

    Great article!!! Very interesting and insightful. Keep up the nice work!!! 🙂

  • Wen Jiang

    Thank you! I feel like I have made a lot of mistakes in my life, but I know I learn something vital from everyone of them!

  • Fred

    Thank you for the awesome post! This will inspire my life!

  • Linda

    I feel with every mistake that we make we discover more and more about ourselves, about who we are, about our limits, about our capabilities, about what we can and cannot do. They help us be more compassionate and more tolerant with ourselves and others.

  • Nina David

    This article has given me so much hope, i am not the only one who is being guilty on my mistake and categorize myself as a failure a long time ago. But now i learn through you Kerry that mistakes are not all about being failure or losing something, but failure introduce us with our success because making mistakes mean that we are willing to achieve something and its famous that failure is the first step toward success

  • Amy Satori

    This exercise is awesome! It’s so important to find the gift if our mistakes so we let go of any emotions that stand in the way of our future success. Guilt and shame from past events do more damage to current and future situations than anything I know!

  • c gruhlke

    Mistakes? Everyone has made them and I’m sure more than one. Some mistakes are certainly the wrong choices of that person’s mind set. I don’t think their is one person out there who hasn’t made any. We all need to learn from them so that we don’t set up a pattern of repeating the mistakes and fall into a trap and yes this is sometimes easy to do as we don’t see that we are a repeat mistake offender. It does and will happen we just can’t keep beating ourselves up over it. Just move on and hopefully move forward and of course hope to not do it again. Learn from your mistakes as the old saying goes.

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