Learning From Life’s Lessons



“If you aren’t making any mistakes, it’s a sure sign you’re playing it too safe.” -John Maxwell


You may have heard me say “If you’re going to make a mistake, make a big one! That way you’ll learn much more, much quicker!” I usually say this when someone has already made a big mistake to make them feel better about what has happened, to see the positive inside the negative. I don’t recommend people go out looking for big mistakes to make, just to learn life’s lessons.

However, having said that I do believe we should step outside our comfort zones and take risks from time to time. Calculated risks are what human endeavour and achievement are all about. I was reading today about Tim Peake http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timothy_Peake who is going to become the first astronaut to wear the union flag on his spacesuit when he visits ISS at the end of 2015.

Major Tim’s career has been in aviation, flying helicopters, and fighter jets. Since being chosen for his mission he has been through many preparatory exercises to ready him for space flight. I am sure there have been mishaps and problems along the way and that as he has gone through these experiences he has become better prepared for his six month visit to ISS and the work he has to do.

Although it is unlikely you will go into space; I challenge you to commit yourself to some worthy project which suits your background and training. In it you will have the opportunity to achieve something new every day. When you enter into such a process of trial and error, it will help you to grow as a human being and maybe like Major Tim, benefit the whole of mankind!