Of course, mistakes should be avoided, but this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try something just because the chance of messing up is present.
When the inevitable mistake does occur, it’s important to view it two ways:
- What can I learn from this mistake?
What can be created out of this mistake?
Mistakes that can be turned into accomplishments are powerful.
Students don’t care about making mistakes when they’re young. They push buttons and pull levers just to find out what will happen. Unfortunately, in certain instances along their schooling career, this curiosity and boldness goes away and is replaced with fear of making mistakes. All successful people will tell you that an environment that hinders creativity in order to lessen mistakes is a dying environment.
We must teach our children to not shy away from difficult problems–they must embrace the possibility of mistakes. And when the probable mistake does arise, they need to view it as an opportunity to create something beautiful.