You Should Make More Mistakes

If you are trying hard, you’ll make a lot of mistakes and errors

Often times we are groomed and taught to be perfect and try to do everything correctly and I wonder if that may have done us a disservice? It seems that the greatest leverage on learning typically comes from the times that you make a mistake, and if you are intelligent you propel forward from that point.

It would be unfair to say I recommend making mistakes all the time though, if you are only making mistakes then you are never going to get anywhere.

This quote sums it up perfectly:

“If you don’t make mistakes, you’re not working on hard enough problems. And that’s a big mistake.” — Frank Wilczek

There’s the oftenly referred adage of “fail fast, fail often, fail forward.” I think that’s the exact mentality that Frank had when he said that we need to make mistakes. If we are really pushing ourselves to the limit of creation and insight and our personal knowledge we will be sure to make some mistakes and that will yield the biggest breakthroughs and innovations.

On the other hand, if we only work within where we feel 100% comfortable and know how to do everything in that realm it’ll be difficult to move forward very fast.

It makes a lot of sense that kids as they are young grow so quickly and learn so much in such a short amount of time. They are just trying everything they can taking in immense amounts of knowledge learning one thing after another. Why should we be any different? Not because we are “adults” now?

Go ahead, make some mistakes today and who knows you might just learn a thing or two from it, and win a nobel prize like Frank Wilczek.

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