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WHEN THINGS GO WRONG
Several years ago, Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Bob Patterson described one of his pitches, which the Cincinnati Reds’ Barry Larkin hit for a game-winning home run: "It was a cross between a screwball and a change-up. It was a screw-up." (Wall Street Journal, 7/9/96; Leadership, Vol. 17, no.3)
That describes our lives sometimes, but what do we do when we screw-up? What do we do when we fail? What do we do when life doesn’t go as we planned?
(From a sermon by C. Philip Green, Lessons from Failure, 6/22/2012)
Learn from the mistakes of others. You cant live long enough to make them all yourself.
None are more liable to mistakes than those who act only on second thoughts.
"Wise men learn by other men's mistakes, fools...
"The sages do not consider that making no mistakes is a blessing. They believe, rather, that the great virtue of man lies in his ability to correct his mistakes and continually to make a new man of himself."
Only some of us can learn from other people's mistakes. The rest of us have to be the other people.
"When you make a mistake, make amends immediately. Its easier to eat crow while its still warm."
No matter what mistakes you have made no matter how you've messed things up you can still make a new beginning. The person who fully realizes this suffers less from the shock ...
There is nothing wrong with making mistakes. Just don't respond with encores.
"If I had my life to live again, I'd make the same mistakes, only sooner."