making mistakes

One of the greatest qualities of a great leader is that he knows how to make mistakes. Many times, we dread the idea of making mistakes so much that we no longer strife to get things right, rather we work not to get things wrong. For the former, the benchmark is success; and for the latter, the benchmark is error. We have this fear of making mistakes and because of that we often do not make decisions. It compels us to live in a state of decisive existence; and ending up recognizing all the things we could have done and how we could have done it and never did. This is the thought you need to understand: Trying to avoid making mistakes is like trying not to breath. What happens with that is that sooner or later, you are going to have to do it. Sooner or later, you are going to have to breathe no matter how you try not to.

It is therefore a duty and a critical part of the human life to accept mistakes as life and nature’s way of presenting us with the opportunities to learn something. This is not something you make yourself believe, it is something to accept as truth or suffer from not accepting it. Just like you cannot hate water, you cannot hate mistakes. Now, because you can drown in water and people have drowned in water, does that mean you shouldn’t drink water? Does that mean water does not have a good purpose and plays a key role? These are questions for the soul. We all possess the ability to control the certain variables of which the idea of striving with mistakes is one.

Olakunle Soriyan Olakunle Soriyan

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