Forget The Mistake, Remember The Lesson

We all make mistakes, learn from them and move on

Pach Deng
3 min readMay 28, 2020


Mistakes happen. We all make them, it's part of what makes us human.

It’s okay to make mistakes. How you react and respond to mistakes is something that shows your character.

There is nothing like the sting of making a mistake to make you feel inadequate, remorseful, and just plain pissed at yourself. The most important thing to remember is that your mistakes do not define you as a person.

Mistakes are there to help you develop and grow into the person you were supposed to be.

There is no one on earth that has never made a mistake in their life, it’s part of makes life great.

Some of your greatest wins will come from your mistakes if you aren’t making mistakes, are you really living?

As said by the legendary coach John Wooden “If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything. I’m positive that a doer makes mistakes.

One of the best ways to grow and develop is focusing on taking action, take risks and course-correct later.

We are all humans, and as humans, we are imperfect. That means that we all, at some point will make mistakes no matter what.

We can take steps to ensure these mistakes don’t happen, but ultimately, each mistake should teach us a lesson, and show us a way to improve in the future. As long as mistakes aren’t repeated, they can help us (others) to improve in the future.

Learning from your mistakes

The great thing about mistakes is that everyone makes them. No one is exempt from making mistakes.

From your boss to the employees that you work with, no one is safe from stuffing up. The most important thing is learning a lesson and trying to do better next time around. Every so often a mistake is bigger than a quick fix, and that’s okay too.

But it may also take us longer to learn from them and change our ways. The most essential thing in these instances is accepting what’s happened and moving forward, rather than beating yourself up over it.

Accepting your mistakes

There are different ways of dealing with your mistakes or screwing up, one of them is understanding that you are not your mistake.

When you make a mistake, keep in mind that it doesn’t define who you are as a person. Try not to jump to conclusions about your worth or value. Always remember that no one is perfect, and that’s okay.

Most problems have a solution, and if you’ve stuffed up, sit down and have a think about what you could have done to improve the situation. You might find our that you can smooth somethings over and that it’s not as bad as you initially thought.

Stuffing up is a normal part of life. If we didn’t make mistakes we’d never learn anything. But if you’re worried about bouncing back, or find yourself only paying attention to the things that go wrong, there are ways to turn it around.



Pach Deng

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