A very good friend of mine, who happens to be a colleague I truly admire, posted on Facebook today that mistakes, failures, and doubt can make us better learners.
I agree…to a point.
They sure can, as long as we decide to DO something with the mistakes, failures, and doubt.
You see, it does us no good to stand around, describing what our straitjackets feel like to us. How they keep us from doing things smarter and better. Instead of spending energy complaining about the problems, let’s get to work, figuring out a few ways to take the straitjackets off and DO something better. And then let’s try those ideas out! And when these ideas don’t work, as mistakes in our thinking are inevitable, let’s regroup, rethink, and try again.
Because no one likes straitjackets. But so many of us end up spending our entire lives admiring the pain of them.
Not for me.
(Hat tip to Erin Fitzpatrick at Greenspire School in Traverse City, Michigan)