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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Make Mistakes, Just Not Twice

There is a saying floating around that has been attributed to a mix of brilliant scholars. It actually came from Albert Einstein, but nonetheless it speaks a critical truth: “There are no such things as mistakes; there are simply ways not to do it.” As entrepreneurs we are told to make mistakes. They tell us we can’t have progress without regress. We need to have failures, mistakes and crash & burns so that we can learn; so that we can keep pushing toward progress. Sadly, some of us are so fearful of failure that we find the safest route is to do nothing. We find comfort by simply staying in bed, eating some Ramen Noodles and watching Reno 911 reruns. Doing nothing is the worst thing you can do / But, there is another serious problem and it is rarely talked about. There are some people that don’t learn from their mistakes, and indeed thrive on making the same mistakes over and over again.
Discussion Topic: Mistakes
1. Everybody makes mistakes. What do you think is the best thing to do to fix a mistake?
2. Do you think it is hard for teachers to say that they made a mistake? Did your teacher ever make a mistake during a lesson?
3. Do you think it's hard for you admit when you've made a mistake? Why is it difficult for people to say that they were wrong?
4. Do you think that women or men can more easily admit a mistake? Why?
5. People say that you learn from mistakes. Is this true in your life? Are you better because of mistakes from the past?

Task with Partners:   More About the USA
Which American tourist site would you most like to visit (1-8):
Times Square/NYC:               Grand Canyon:       Las Vegas:        Hawaii:               Atlantic/Pacific Oceans:         Alaska:       Hollywood:      Disneyland:

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