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Making the Right Mistakes

After fruitful careers as a scientist and inventor I've gone back to what I love most - writing children's books Read More
  • Joined Oct 2013
  • Published Books 1551

When a very young child makes a mistake, we don’t consider it a failure. We laugh, we applaud, we encourage. But when the same child goes to school we turn the tables.

Success then becomes getting everything ‘right’. Failure is when you make ‘mistakes’ and get things ‘wrong’.

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In doing this, we encourage young people to focus on getting the right answer, other than asking an interesting question. We encourage them to play it safe, avoiding the risk of getting things wrong, of exploring, of failing.

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But inventions and discovery are all about making plenty of mistakes and having oodles of failures.

These are the ‘right mistakes’. Or, if you like, the “‘Wright mistakes”. So why don’t we encourage young people to make more of them?

 

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Here is what I think about making the right mistakes.

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And here is the documentary I made with the remarkable Emma Crouch.

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Can you learn a new language without making any mistakes?
Can you play Liszt, Chopin or Stravinsky without making any mistakes?
Can you play in Wimbledon without losing?
Can you go to bat and never strike out?
Can you work on something new without being ridiculed?
The right mistakes are the ones you make because you want to do things differently. The right mistakes are the ones are the ones you can learn from. The right mistakes are the ones that lead you to new thoughts, ideas and inventions. After all, mistakes
1. Are an integral part of practically any journey, any process, any experience.
2. Cannot be avoided if you want to do anything at all in a different manner
3. Lead to new ideas and inventions
4. Help you enjoy life
5. Are human, like you are.
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