April 13

Motivation Mondays: MISTAKES!

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“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.” George Bernard Shaw

Motivation Mondays: MISTAKES!
Motivation Mondays: MISTAKES!


Today I choose life. Every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain… To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices – today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity but embrace it. Kevyn Aucoin

What do mistakes mean to you? If you read last week’s Motivation Monday post, you’d remember that the man with a headache was suffering because he was not only judgmental of others but, he also had his sanctimonious halo tightly screwed to his head. Unless you are like my tight halo wearer, you’ve had your share of mistakes; some of them you might have repeated quite a few times until the lesson and message dug deep into your bones and finally registered in your psyche. If we would stop and give ourselves a break, we’d recognize that the cliché – to err is human, to forgive is divine – carries some gravitas and reminds us that our frailties don’t define us.


“If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything. I’m positive that a doer makes mistakes.” John Wooden

Motivation Mondays: MISTAKES!
Motivation Mondays: MISTAKES!

Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself, and know that everything in life has purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences, all events are blessings given to us to learn from. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross


Have you ever made a mistake in your life? So you dropped the ball again? So what are you going to do to correct it? You are not alone. many famous/successful people failed before reaching their goals; here are 15 famous folks who failed. I hope it calms your spirit. Imagine the lessons they learned and then imagine the opposite. Would you rather lead a life so rigid and devoid of adventure that you have no dreams or far-reaching goals because, heck, you’re worried about making a mistake? Mistakes are miracles serving as lessons. If you walk away with anything for this post, please keep that in mind.  I have given the word an acronym to help us recognize the grace in it. Acronym: Miracles In Service To Attract Key Experiences And Soul-work. When we experience a major moment of failure in life, like author Stephen King and 22 others, instead of beating ourselves up, we need to take some time to reflect on where we went wrong, learn from the experience, do the soul-searching  and move forward.


 “Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” Scott Adams

Motivation Mondays: MISTAKES!
Motivation Mondays: MISTAKES!

On one hand, we know that everything happens for a reason, and there are no mistakes or coincidences. On the other hand, we learn that we can never give up, knowing that with the right tools and energy, we can reverse any decree or karma. So, which is it? Let the Light decide, or never give up? The answer is: both. Yehuda Berg

Do you know some creative works had mistakes in them? Did you know that these 50 famous people failed before learning from their mistakes and coming back stronger than ever? Above and below are some fantastic pieces of artwork that are believed to have content that are viewed as perhaps done in error. Can you tell what they are in the photos?  Look closely.  If not, come back later for the answers. The point is that we can enjoy life and still know that there are moments when we fall short. Of course, I am not saying that we must thrive on our mistakes. Frankly, some mistakes have cost lives so this post is not to gloat over our errors, but to encourage us all to learn from them and correct our actions. If we commit an error intentionally, it is not a mistake but a CRIME. Know the difference! The mistakes referenced here are those we commit without intent to hurt or harm or dupe others. They are what we often call innocent mistakes or acts of overwhelm; not intentional criminal behavior.

The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for April and May are:
04/13 – MISTAKES
04/20 – GROWTH

05/13 – COMFORT
05/20 – FITNESS
05/27 – SERVICE


“Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.” Oscar Wilde

Motivation Mondays: MISTAKES!
Motivation Mondays: MISTAKES!

If you live long enough, you’ll make mistakes. But if you learn from them, you’ll be a better person. It’s how you handle adversity, not how it affects you. The main thing is never quit, never quit, never quit. William J. Clinton

What was the biggest mistake you ever made? What did you learn from it? Keep in mind that some of the greatest inventions were created by mistakes and that we can be rest assured that our journey through life will have its share of them. Mistakes help us form a stringer backbone and make us recognize that we can do better.  Like Pres Clinton said above, never quit from your goals. Forgive yourself, forgive others and grow from the experience. Keep moving forward and do your best to do good.  If you fail or fall, learn from it and pick your self up. We all fail and get back up. You are not alone.

Positive Motivation Tip: Be at peace with the mistakes that make up your life story. We all have them. Mistakes help us grow.

Motivation Mondays is open to anyone who wishes to share a motivational quote, photo, personal challenge or a post that encourages others to start the week on an upbeat note.
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Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet


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  • As a (recovering) perfectionist it as taken me a long time to accept that even I make mistakes. Mistakes are how we learn and grow, just as you say. Those made in good faith are just part of life and they can be opportunities. Thanks as always for an inspiring and reassuring post.

  • To commit a mistakes is bad, and that is according to them. For me, to commit mistakes is a learning process.

    “That mistakes are an inseparable part of the learning process”.

  • This is such a positive way to look at mistake. I definitely believe that they curve the future path with a wider knowledge. which can only be a good things, right?

  • Even Michaelangelo’s work had the wrong proportions. I was a bit taken aback when i saw the Sistine Chapel.So yes we are not perfect.

  • Awesome post. I’ve always said that the #1 key to success is being able to make mistakes and come back stronger. Also, I learned from skiing that making mistakes means you’re growing. If you’re not falling, that means you’re not pushing yourself, which means you can’t be getting any better.

  • A mistake to me is just a lesson learned and experience earned. It’s part of what got us where we are in the first place. I don’t think of them as setbacks but as set ups. God is in control. All things work for the good. 🙂

  • it’s okay to make mistakes. what’s not okay is never to learn from them, and making the same mistakes over and over again.

  • Everything has a purpose! We should be thankful with our mistakes bec. we learn and grow . I believe God know what is happening in our lives and he is putting some troubles to have more faith in him. He will never leave us as the battle is not ours. It’s his!

    I love reading your posts. Very inspiring! Keep ’em coming!

  • Great post! Reminds me of another lovely quote I re-tweeted the other day: “I’ve learned so much from my mistakes, I’m thinking of making a few more.” 😀 Have a wonderful week ahead Eliz!

  • We are all entitled to our mistakes and to learn from them. However, I hope my mistakes do not cause hurt to other people. – Fred

  • I think not admitting that you make mistakes is a huge mistake in and of itself.

  • I have always believed that we learn from our mistakes, and I am always willing to admit when I have made one. We are, after all, only human!

  • This is an excellent post. I have made my own set of mistakes in the past and I’ve always tried learning from it rather than beat myself up. 🙂

  • As much as I hate making mistakes, it’s always the way I learn the most. Mistakes are blessings in disguise.

  • Everyone makes mistakes. We learn from them and keep on going. Its wht you do with those mistakes.

  • Mistakes are what make us grow. As long as you can learn from them, you are doing pretty good. 🙂

  • You’re so right, mistakes make us grow, as hard as that truth may be to accept sometimes.

  • taking no risk is the biggest risk. make mistakes but make sure you learn from them. thanks for sharing

  • So true and the beautiful fact of life.. We learn from our mistake and I consider them as a stepping stone.

  • LOVE THIS!! “Mistakes are miracles serving as lessons.” This past Sunday our Sunday School Study cover learning from our mistakes forgive yourself learn your lesson and move on!

  • ahhhh mistakes! I’m the kind of person who hates admitting them, and then if I am proven wrong, I try and justify things and make it so I’m right… Not the best quality and definitely something I need to work on! No one is perfect and I need to accept that 😉

  • I hate, hate, hate when I make mistakes (and I’ve made plenty!). But each one has taught me so much about life, my own actions and attitude, and about others. I want to be able to change the mistakes I’ve made, but realistically, I’m glad I can’t. They’ve enabled me to make better choices later on!

  • For sure I’ve made misteaks (get it?) but it’s how you deal with them and the lessons learned is what counts!

  • I think as long as we are learning from our mistakes and not hurting others with them, mistakes are perfectly normal part of life, especially the younger you are.

  • I agree making mistakes is a part of life and means that you are actually living your life. They are not easy to accept sometimes though. Learning from them is the best thing that can come out of a mistake. Another great motivation article 🙂

  • I always say that you learn from your mistakes. If you don’t move on afterward, there will be more problems. Look at how many mistakes Edison made before creating the light bulb!!

  • Although I wish I didn’t make mistakes, I really benefit from learning from them.

  • Mistakes are stepping stones to success. We should be afraid to commit them but we should learn from them and move past them.

  • The biggest mistake I made is my fear to make mistakes. I’m not sure if you get what I mean, but somehow I always feel the need to be right all the time and being wrong eats me up… which is bad… it makes me pessimistic and over- careful!

  • Learned from mistakes! It’s absolutely ok, in fact it’s valueable experiences.

  • We all make mistakes. It’s what we do with the mistakes that matter.

  • I used to be really hard on myself for the mistakes I’ve made. Now I see them as a learning experience and move on :).

    Thanks for writing such a great post!

  • “Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” Scott Adams …your quotes always speak to me.

  • These are totally awesome pictures indeed and I love the first quote. It is so true if you don’t make mistakes then you are doing nothing. Thanks for sharing.

  • What surprises me is when I think I’ve learned from a mistake, only to find I really didn’t learn as much as I thought. THEN it’s time to re-evaluate big time!

  • Every morning you plan your day and think today will be a perfect day but we tend to make mistakes, if we are not making ang mistakes probably we are not learning or have not learnt anything that day.

    Maybe I should blame on my sun sign that looking for a perfection sometime become too exhausting.

  • What an inspiring read. Mistake do makes us stronger and yes a doer makes a mistake. Thank you for inspiring!

  • Mistakes can’t be avoided but one can lessen committing one. Prayers, Careful planning and deep thinking can do the job.

  • one will continue to make mistakes if the don’t learn from their past so it very important to identify your previous mistakes. nice post.

  • I totally get this. Anyone who has never made a mistake has never made anything if they are honest with themselves. Not trying is far more crippling than mere failure, which can often be rectified at the second attempt

  • I try to never make the same mistake twice, but I am only human. I always feel like I learn something at the end of the situation.

  • I feel like this is a place where I can be completely honest…
    If I do that, I”ll readily admit that, whenever I come here, I think to myself, “What the hell does anyone need motivation for? Just suck it up, live… tough it out” and yadayada. Then, to be honest again, I lap this stuff up like a junkie sucking coke off the back of a toilet LOL
    Seriously though, I love this blog. I think it’s got to be one of my favourite. It’s not preachy, while still passing on wisdom. It’s not spammy and it’s just…
    Well, pretty damn great.
    You do an excellent job and I appreciate your efforts. Sometimes, especially for people with a past like my own, these kinds of things can make all the difference… or reset things for the next day.

    My quote about mistakes…
    View your life with KINDsight. Stop beating yourself up about your past, slapping your forehead and wondering what you were thinking. Instead, focus on what you were *learning*.

    Have a great week! 🙂

    • Alysia, THANK YOU! I held off publishing your post because I wanted to take time to digest the honest feedback and respond properly and with a grateful heart. You comment meant so much to me that I couldn’t help but shed a few tears of gratitude. When I started this blog, it was created as a way to motivate the real estate agents I worked with as Training Manager at Sotheby’s. I was the West Coast/Mountain Region regional training manager but, I trained agents/managers/staff all over the USA. My blog was created to encourage, inspire and give them a laugh or two. When the RE market crashed and our department got downsized. I moved back home to NY from California where I had been relocated for my job.

      I decided to keep the blog, and to keep posting as a way to help others and myself stay motivated during a challenging economic time in the US. Here we are 6+ years later; the lessons continue and the struggles have changed but the spirit of encouragement remains. I write this blog not because I have all the answers but because, like everyone else, I need encouragement and to be refueled. It might seem ironic to some but, every teacher teaches what they need to learn more of and, by doing so, they grow along with others… I always say that if this blog helps even one person feel lifted, then I’ve done my job.

      In life, we all need God’s grace and People’s grace… you are one of those angels who remind me that what I do matters. I thank you, I lift you up as you have lifted me up, and I pray that this little old blog continues to inspire, heal and help all/any who need their thirst quenched. I never share everything going on in my life but, let’s just say that this blog has been therapeutic for me too. Be blessed… <3

  • Cannot count the mistakes I’ve made through the years. And to be honest, some I failed to learn and made the same mistakes over and over again. But as one gets older, it is true that one becomes smarter and wiser and we learn from our own errors and even mistakes of other people.

  • I have made lots of mistakes and I’m grateful for them because at least I tried.

  • Learning from our own mistakes is the best way to learn and do better next time.

  • I have made many mistakes in life. I try not to make a lot more but if I do, I try to learn from them. I am only human.

  • I think mistakes are normal because we are not perfect and we learn from our mistakes too.

  • Without mistakes you’ll never know the right thing to do. Mistakes make us grow wiser and stronger. I really like the Acronym. Thanks for sharing!

  • Yes, I did some mistakes in my life. But instead of regretting, I always look at it at lesson. Lessons that can help me become a better me 🙂

  • I like the quote that if you don’t make mistake then you are doing nothing.
    As human we are not perfect individuals that have no room for mistakes. Sometimes commiting mistakes will make you realize something which will lead you to better.

  • Often they say that we always learn from our mistakes but I guess it’s too much if that will always be the reason that you’re committing continuous mistakes. There are those type who actually acting that they are mistaken but they actually meant it. #hugot

  • Mistakes make us a better person. But I have to admit, I hate to commit mistakes sometimes, I feel like I’m not good when I make mistakes. Thanks for your post, I am reminded that mistakes are part of becoming a better me. 🙂

  • We learn from our mistake and we become smarter, stronger and better person. Thanks for this inspirational quotes.

  • Motivational it is! I agree with everything on this post.. Every person should always have room for mistakes to improve oneself

  • Mistakes are meant to teach us lessons. If we commit a big mistake, do not feel so down. Instead, we have to stand up and be a better persona and we have to see to it that we will not do the same mistake again.

  • mistakes as they say are one of the greatest teachers in life. good or bad, it will make you a better person than you are today.

  • Very positive way to look at things! Mistakes happen for a reason I believe. To teach us something we don’t know and to grow. At least, That’s how I’ve always felt.

  • everything happens for a reason, and mistakes is one of them…Although mistakes can feel painful and frustrating, they can help us grow.

  • My mom says: we learn from our mistakes. This is SUCH a great reminder. It is also a positive way to look at things

  • i hate mistakes…but i took it positively and learned from so that it won’t happen again

  • I hate making mistakes but if I do, I look at it as a lesson to reflect upon. Though there were moments in my life that I regretted it and suffered a minor depression over it, I was able to overcome when I realized that I was able to get valuable lesson from them.

  • Mistakes can make as a better person only if you learned something out of those mistakes.

  • I definitely agree with George Bernard Shaw. At least when you do something and commit mistakes, there’s a lesson to learn afterwards.

  • very well said, love your research and you are right, it’s better to make mistake and learned from it in order to have a successful future.

  • We all commit mistakes, but we can always work on these mistakes to do better in everything we do.

  • Now I try not to act or react immediately. Consider possible consequences and exercise better judgment. No matter what , we can never always make the right call.

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