Everybody fails, errs, and makes mistakes. You’ve heard the saying “To err is human, to forgive divine.” Alexander Pope wrote that over 250 years ago. And he was only paraphrasing an ancient saying that was common during the time of the Romans. Recently I came across something called “Rules for Being Human.” I think several of these describe well the state we’re in:
Rule #1: You will learn lessons.
Rule #2: There are no mistakes– only lessons.
Rule #3: A lesson is repeated until it is learned.
Rule #4: If you don’t learn the easy lessons, they get harder.
Rule #5: You’ll know you’ve learned a lesson when your actions change.
You see, writer Norman Cousins was right when he said, “The essence of man is imperfection.” Failure is simply a price we pay to achieve success. If we learn to embrace that new definition of failure, then we are free to start moving ahead– and failing forward.
Taken from the book “Leadership: Promises for Everyday” by John Maxwell, Copyright 2003