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Reflection on a Famous Quote – January 5, 2013, by Danny J. Stevens

“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.”
~ George Bernard Shaw

Society tends to frown on people who make mistakes or who are not at the top of their game. We fail to realize that for many people they have had to practice, learn from mistakes or failures and continue to practice. For other they had to test and learn and then test again learning from the test and moving forward toward their goals. Thomas Alva Edison, the great inventor, used the test in his attempts to achieve the Electric Light to move forward to goal. His view of the test was not another failure but yet another way not to make the electric light. People close to him argued with him about the thousand ways were wasted movements. Thomas however realized that each attempt taught him other things which might be used on other projects but they proved not to be useful in the journey of discovering the electric light.

All of us learn, and often we learn from so called mistakes or failures. If you remember that nothing in life has a meaning except that which we give it then you can use this as information on how not to achieve your goal and then analyze what could have been the issue and how it could be corrected and try again. This is how all who have achieved greatest have proceed. Tony Robbins calls this the Ultimate Success Formula. Using your awareness, sensory acuity, to know when something is working or not working and making adjustments and giving it another go. It only becomes a mistake or failure when you stop and give in. As long as your continuing and learning these are just lessons.

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