It's because of these mistakes that we have learned valuable lessons. Making these mistakes means that we did something- we experienced something. That, to me, is the most important part of life. It is not the material goods we attain, or the money we save and the status it gives us- it is our experiences that make life worth living.
In the middle of a lecture yesterday my professor asked us to pull out a piece of paper. Upon further instruction, we all began to think (some of us struggled much more than others) of our life's failures. Why?
We were creating what my professor referred to as a "failure resume".Brilliant. At first, this exercise seemed a bit awkward especially since as college juniors and seniors we are perfecting the craft of resume writing. After a couple moments, though, I began to feel liberated by this idea of writing down all my past "failures".
Try it... and then let's talk again.