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  1. 101 Centavos
    May 10, 2011

    A surefire way to never make mistakes is to never do anything.
    I generally try to look at the consequences and count myself lucky they weren’t worse.

    • Money Reasons
      May 15, 2011

      very true!

      I wonder what the threshold is between making mistakes and losing the trust of others…

  2. Moneycone
    May 10, 2011

    The attitude towards failure is what’s important. If you vow never to do something because you failed once, then you’ve truly failed.

    • Money Reasons
      May 15, 2011

      yep, it’s all about how you handle it!

  3. Everyday Tips
    May 10, 2011

    I am so entirely average! I really beat myself up over mistakes, that is if they affect other people. I can handle mistakes that just affect me, but I never want my blunder to get in the way of others.

    I have no idea why, but I am incredibly hard on myself. I was raised with a lot of guilt, so that probably has something to do with it.

    • Money Reasons
      May 15, 2011

      I think it is how one was raised. If you were overly chastised when you made mistakes as a child (as was I), you learn to feel stupid and guilty about mistakes.

      Then later you read about all the great inventors that made mistakes over and over again. The you see your peers make mistakes over and over again. Then one day you wake up and realize that making mistakes is an important part of learning.

      Sad it took me so long to get over the guilt. Now I fake it, acting like my mistakes weren’t that important and just try to fix them, but in a positive attitude. It seems like sometimes people will cut you some slack if you don’t feel guilt about it and try to fix it in a constructive way.

  4. optionsdude
    May 10, 2011

    What can you learn from those mistakes? Thomas Edison said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Live with this attitude and you will be brilliant.

    • Money Reasons
      May 15, 2011

      I agree, it took me a while to figure that out, but I definitely agree now :)

  5. krantcents
    May 10, 2011

    If you change your participants to successful and unsuccessful, the results would be the same. Successful people recognize there will be errors or mistakes and they just fix them and continue to the goal. Unsuccessful people let mistakes, hurdles or problems prevent them from success.

    • Money Reasons
      May 15, 2011

      yep, that’s the problems with mistakes, how people handle them.

      Guilt-free people realize that it’s just part of life, and continue to work at the issue.

      Guilt-filled people shy away from the area that they made the mistake, thinking that they are no good at it or something else negative.

  6. retirebyforty
    May 10, 2011

    That’s life. Everyone make mistakes and we’ll just have to deal with them and move on. ;)

    • Money Reasons
      May 15, 2011

      Yep, it’s not a big of a deal as most think that the mistakes are.

  7. Sustainable PF
    May 10, 2011

    Perhaps part of it is that when the “brilliant” person errs they simply view the situation as a new challenge to overcome and they are confident in their ability to react and adjust.

    • Money Reasons
      May 15, 2011

      Very true, they handle it as if they were walking in a maze and went down a dead end. They don’t stop and sit down, they trace their way back and go on with the puzzle.

  8. First Gen American
    May 10, 2011

    Unfortunately the way you learn to grow as a person in this regard is by failing and failing often. If you aren’t making mistakes on a regular basis, then I’d say you’re not challenging yourself enough and you need to take more risks.

    You really can’t grow if you’re just treading water and doing what’s most comfortable and easy.

    • Money Reasons
      May 15, 2011

      Very well said!

      I think you said it perfectly!!

  9. jeff
    May 10, 2011

    I wouldn’t call them brilliant, I’d call them professional. They’re brilliant, able to control their emotions, and most importantly professional.

    • Money Reasons
      May 15, 2011

      I would even call them perfectly or near perfectly professional. They have the give if brillance, people skills and courage.

  10. Untemplater
    May 11, 2011

    I’ve learned so much from making mistakes and think that mistakes and getting second chances are a big part of life and teach us how to get better and grow. Even if the consequences aren’t good it’s important to admit our mistakes and not put the blame on someone/something else.

    • Money Reasons
      May 15, 2011

      Ironically, the less guilt I feel with mistakes, the more easy I find that I can accept my responsibility and the consequences of the mistake than I could in the past.

  11. Credit Cards Canada
    May 17, 2011

    Mistakes are an important part of learning. In fact, at the most basic level, they are the very basis for evolution. When a mistake gives a creature an unintended advantage, that creature’s progeny prosper and the species slowly adopts the mistake and evolves.

    At least, that’s my excuse for making mistakes.

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