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In the School of Life, Mistakes are Just Lessons Learned
In the school of life, mistakes are just lessons learned. The easiest way to learn from our “failed” experiments is to begin to find compassion for ourselves. This is a story I’d like to share about one of my bigger “failed” experiment.
When you are an entrepreneur, you wear all the hats. And, opportunities will come and go. Your success depends on how well you can manage all the tasks necessary for the business to run smoothly. In this post, I’d like to share with you a story about one of the perceived “mistakes” in my professional career.
A Lessons Learned from My Big “Mistake”
In 2014, I was struggling with my business. Scared of making the sales myself, I had lost confidence in my ability to attract new customers and closing deals. After basically giving up on myself, I thought it was time to take a break and look for a full-time job.
Living in San Diego, California at that time, I applied for several positions in the area and immediately received a call to interview as a senior designer with a well-known marketing agency.
Despite my better judgment, I decided to go to the interview. In my heart, I knew I was making the wrong decision and was going for all the wrong reasons. I was giving up the freedom I loved for a full-time job – opting instead for the possibility of having a regular income.
Within a couple of weeks, I received an offer for the position. My confidence shaken, I accepted their first offer immediately. I knew it was well below the value of my talents and expertise. But, I just wanted a consistent income and took the offer anyway.
From day one, I knew I was in the wrong environment. I began to feel resentment, more insecure, and started punishing myself for accepting the job in the first place. Within six months, I had found myself in big trouble. Working 10 hours a day, I felt miserable and making everyone around me miserable in the process. It was nobody’s fault, but my own.
Then, something happened that changed everything. I have a dog. My golden retriever, Mila. Up to this point, I had always had one of my neighbors at the apartment I lived in who could check on her, take her out, and feed her for me. For two days in a row, I was stuck at the office for ten hours and, unfortunately, had no one at the apartment who could take Mila outside or feed her for me.
I knew it was not fair for her to be stuck in that small apartment all day. Desperate, I knew I needed to take responsibility for my actions (before things got any worse). So, I quit. Immediately and with very little notice.
I knew I had made a big mistake, it was time for a change, and I had to do what it ever it took to take care of myself and Mila. Since then, I have forgiven myself for the whole ordeal. As well, from this “failed” experiment I learned several important lessons:
- I needed to start trusting my instinct;
- Not to give up on myself so easily;
- Try not to make impulsive decisions during times of despair;
- And, of course, perceived mistakes are just lessons learned.
Perceived Mistakes are Just Lessons Learned
Every day at this school, we have the opportunity to learn lessons. We may think these lessons are irrelevant or stupid. But, when we start to understand that there are no mistakes and that life only presents us with lessons, we can learn to open ourselves to a life of constant learning, unlimited possibilities, and an abundance of opportunities for growth, creativity, and success.
Our perceived mistakes truly are just lessons learned. Growth is a process of trial and error, experimentation. “Failed” experiments, are just as important as the experiments in our lives that ultimately do “work.”
What are some of the perceived “mistakes” in your life? What lessons did you learn from them? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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¡Hola, I Am Jason Holland!
I am a Heart-Centered Creative Director, Pro Web Designer, and Inspirational Blogger currently living in Playa del Carmen, México. I help aspiring entrepreneurs awaken their creativity within by inspiring them to overcome limiting beliefs about themselves and fears surrounding technology to create beautiful and sustainable online presence. I do this by guiding them to the tools and resources needed to achieve their goals and realize their full creative potential.
So, are you ready to awaken your creativity within? If so, I look forward to connecting with you!