Science shows that we learn the best when we’re stretched outside of our comfort zones and operating at the edge of our abilities. However, when we’re in this deep practice zone, things tend to get a little ugly and mistakes happen.
When we’re young we fall hundreds of times before we can walk, crash our bike before we learn to ride, and ask questions when we’re confused. We use mistakes to learn like a bunch of maniacs.
At some point though, we’re conditioned to see mistakes in a negative light, to fear them, to punish them, and to avoid them. These misconstrued views towards mistakes keep us from leaping into the special place where the magic happens and squashes our ability to learn.
To help change this I think it’s important we take a headfirst dive into mistakes, to show why they matter, and how they’re not all created equally.
Different Types of Mistakes
Deconstructing mistakes helps us recognize their value in the learning process.
Most of the time they’re great teaching and learning opportunities.
Some of the time they’re just part of the randomness of the game.
None of the time should they be punished, should they be discouraging, should they be looked at in a negative light.