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Why making mistakes is a good thing

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Making mistakes certainly has its negative connotations, but it also commonly known that making mistakes is how we learn. As the renowned author, Bram Stoker wrote “We learn from failure, not from success.” that’s why making mistakes is a good thing. From an early age we deduce the correct way to do things by making mistakes: be it touching something hot as a toddler, or dating the wrong person. Of course it would be marvelous if we never made mistakes and everything was hunky dory from the beginning, but then what would we use for after dinner conversation, of we didn’t have a tale or two to tell about the hilarious mistakes we have made?

The main thing to remember is that once you make a mistake, you should aim to learn from it rather than continue to make the same mistake over and over. After all, It has been said that the definition of madness is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting a different outcome, so even though making mistakes can indeed be a good thing, remember to learn from them, and not to perpetuate them.

Medicinal Mistakes

One group of people that make mistakes which actually result in life-changing discoveries is scientists. Yes, even the most intellectual of people make mistakes and in many cases their mishaps have the most wonderful results.making mistakes There are numerous occasions during which scientists have been attempting to develop drugs for specific disorders and were on the verge of eradicating work because they have not achieved the required results. Luckily, there have been occasions where these “mistakes” have been retrieved and recognised as having considerable benefits. If Sir Alexander Fleming hadn’t gone on holiday and mistakenly left a staphylococcus culture plate exposed, it wouldn’t have developed a mould that restricted the growth of the staphylococcus; a mould that would ultimately become the life-saving medicine, Penicillin. Sir Fleming himself recognised the benefits of making mistakes:

“One sometimes finds what one is not looking for. When I woke up just after dawn on Sept. 28, 1928, I certainly didn’t plan to revolutionize all medicine by discovering the world’s first antibiotic, or bacteria killer. But I guess that was exactly what I did”.

Sildenafil, or Viagra as it is more commonly known, is yet another example of the positive outcome of making mistakes. The original plan was to find a medicine that reduced heart problems such as angina and hypertension, but as tests progressed, wrong turns were taken which ultimately led to the discovery of a pill that has improved the lives of couples and individuals worldwide.

Allowing your children to make mistakes

As a parent it is sometimes very difficult to permit your child to make mistakes so they can learn from them, but it is an essential part of the growing process. When we tell our children not to do something it is inevitable that they will test boundaries by doing it anyway. For example, if you tell your child that they need to go to bed early so they can wake refreshed for the next day’s activities, school, but they stay up late anyway, when they are tired in the morning they will realise you were correct. This can be an opportunity for them to learn to trust their parents’ judgement and could increase the probability of them taking more notice of your opinion in the future.







About Denise Morgan

About Denise Morgan

Denise has five years' experience writing for various web-based companies. During this time she has also contributed to magazine articles and brochures. In addition to writing, Denise is a gigging singer/songwriter and is proud to have featured on the first series of BBC One's The Voice UK, having been selected by the great Sir Tom Jones. Denise is mother to the most talented and ridiculously intelligent two year old that has ever been and ever will be (until she creates another one that is). This kind of hyperbole is restricted only to her progeny and is not a reflection of her usual writing styles... Denise and her son live in Manchester along with their five cats - yes that's right, five.

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