Make Mistakes, Please!

“Growth comes from activity, not from intellectual understanding.” – Maria Montessori (1870-1952 CE)

If you’ve ever learned an important life’s lesson from a lecture, please raise your hand. Anybody? Anybody? Nobody?

As Maria Montessori so elegantly states, growth comes from movement, not from an intellectual understanding. The most valuable lessons we have all learned come from making mistakes and then being given the freedom to solve our problems, learn from them and then move on. The second most valuable lessons come from our watching close loved ones make mistakes.

Either way, action takes place, people observe  cause and effect, and then growth can occur. I will not say that it is wise to look for mistakes to make them on purpose; however,  it is really unhelpful to beat up on one’s self or on someone else about  a mistake. How can we learn from mistakes when we are busy thinking of how stupid we are?

What if we ask, “How can I fix this mistake?” and “What can I learn from what happened?”  The Creator has lessons for us to learn, and  as soon as we learn them, we find these situations no longer show up in our lives.

Namaste, Sheryl


2 thoughts on “Make Mistakes, Please!

  1. Life becomes a great adventure when we can live without the fear of being wrong or making mistakes. That is a hard approach for most of us to take. How many of us have been taught just the opposite? Happy those who can learn to accept mistakes as learning experiences from the beginning – that making mistakes is part of the human condition.

    1. As a instructor of Love & Logic Parenting (, I learned that letting children make lots of little mistakes and learn from them is one of the best ways to teach responsibility, confidence and self-esteem. I have seen this, and it works regardless of the age of the human! As we fix our mistakes, we can say, “I did it! Look what I learned!”

      Thank you for your comment!

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