The difference between the wise man and a fool is that a fool’s mistakes never teach him anything.
I believe that at the heart of this popular expression is personal responsibility. The wise man takes personal responsibility for his mistakes; the fool blames others for his own. And many of us play the fool more often than we know.
The most powerful lessons we learn are from our own failures. The hidden power of mistakes is that they are the very ore from which wisdom is produced. It is the alchemy of turning the base metals of error into something precious—and lasting. We arrive at a higher level of consciousness when we take personal responsibility for our mistakes.
Equally important are the insights into our characters that mistakes can provide. Mistakes, especially those that cause others pain and suffering, are like mirrors. They reflect back to us…
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