Do People Learn from Their Mistakes

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Do People Learn from Their Mistakes

By | May 2011
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I believe that most people learn from their mistakes.I am aware of several mistakes that I have leraned from,and I have watched my family and friends learn and grow from their mistakes.In fact,I believe that most of the progress we have made in science and technology is the result of people learning from mistakes.When I was 18 years old,i rushed into a marriage with a man whom I did not know well enough.We thought we loved each other ,but it turned out that we were not well-matched at all,and eventually we divorced .For the next several years,I was careful not to rush into any relationship. I took a long time to really get to know my current husband before I married him .We have been together for twenty-three years and are very happy.I learned a lot from the mistake of rushing into my first marriage.My three-year-old son has also learned from his mistakes.Just the other day ,he ate some soup that was too hot.I had warned him to wait, but he did not listen.As a result ,he burned his tongue and cried The next day I put some soup in front of him,and before I could say anything,he said, "I need to wait for it to cool off."He had learned to be more patient.Finally, I believe that scientific dicoveries are all examples of people learning from mistakes.Thomas Edison did not invent the light bulb by following a plan straight from beginning to end.Instead ,he tried different experiments based on what he knew.Sometimes,these experiments failed.But he did not quit;he learned what he did wrong and tried something different the next time .The more I read about technology, The more I unerstand that most inventions and discoveries came about atfer a long series of mistakes.Of course,there are some people who make mistakes and do not learn from them.But I Think they are a small number compared to people like me,my son,and many scientists .Learning from mistakes is part of being human.