“We stigmatize mistakes. And we’re now running national educational systems where mistakes are the worst thing you can make-- and the result is that we are educating people out of their creative capacities.” ~ Ken Robinson
So true. Underlying the acknowledgement of a mistake is the notion that “I am wrong”, which no prideful ego likes to accept, because with that comes doubt and insecurity. Yet a meaningful life and inner growth does not come from playing it safe, but by pushing out beyond one’s comfort zones to the realm of the unknown--or possibilities--where creativity resides. The vast majority of society’s revolutionary discoveries came about from a mistake.
Diederik Wolsak is program director at Choose Again