Mistakes

“All great men and women went through difficulties to get to where they are, all of them made mistakes.  They found within those experiences some benefit – even if it was simply the realization that they were not infallible and that things would not always go their way.  They found that self-awareness was the way out and through – if they hadn’t, they wouldn’t have gotten better and they wouldn’ve have been able to rise again.” ~ Ryan Holiday, Ego is the Enemy

“There is nothing wrong with making mistakes.  Mistakes are part of life an essential for growth.  It’s like that saying, ‘Happiness comes through good judgment, good judgment comes through experience, and experience comes through bad judgement.’  But there is something very wrong with making the same mistakes over and over again, day in and day out.  This shows a complete lack of self-awareness, the very quality that separates humans from animals.” ~ Robin S. Sharma, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

“How do I define a hero?  A hero is a person who courageously contributes under even the most trying circumstances; a hero is an individual who acts unselfishly and who demands more from himself or herself than others would expect; a hero is a man or woman who defies adversity by doing what he or she believes is right in spite of fear.  A hero moves beyond the ‘common sense’ of the promoters of the status quo.  A hero is anyone who aims to contribute, anyone who is willing to set an example, anyone who lives by the truth of his or her convictions.  A hero develops strategies to assure his outcome, and persists until it becomes a reality, changing his approach as necessary and understanding the importance of small actions consistently taken.  A hero is not someone who is ‘perfect,’ because none of us is perfect.  We all make mistakes, but that doesn’t invalidate the contributions we make in the course of our lives.  Perfection is not heroism; humanity is.” ~ Anthony Robbins, Awaken the Giant Within

“We may believe that mistakes have been made already and that we cannot go back to the past to change things. When we look deeply into the relative nature of time, we see that the past has created the present. If we seize the present moment with mindfulness, we are in touch with the past. We can actually go back to the past, while staying firmly rooted in the present moment, and heal the past. We forgive ourselves for our mistakes, knowing we didn’t have enough wisdom or the right conditions at that time to do better. We transform our regrets in the present into compassion and understanding, and in this way we also transform the past.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh, Savor

 

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