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January 04, 2007


Matthew Cornell

Thanks very much, Curt; your post a year ago made a big difference to me. And I continue to get great ideas from your blog. Cheers!


It's a great idea. Painful. Sometimes funny. And I'm at the age where the notion that, after my demise, a family member would find a fat journal devoted to my mistakes makes me a little uncomfortable! Could you work on creating one which self-destructs when out of the owner's hands?


I think it's a good way to look back and trace your path to your eventual successes. Consider this quote from James Dyson (the vacuum cleaner guy):

"Some of the best inventive moments were born out of 'wrong thinking.' Most people start with the right way so they all follow the same path. The wrong way will lead to mistakes from which you can learn and create new discoveries -- the kind of original ideas that come to life when we dare to be different, keep an open mind and have no fear of failure."

Finding an elder's mistake journal might actually be a gift for the next generation...if they're smart enough to appreciate it. So much of the time, we think the generation before us made things look easy, that they do so many things without ever knocking into walls.

Because we spend our youth and young adulthood knocking into walls, we think we must have missed a lesson, a course, something somewhere along the way. What we forget is that our elders were young once, too, and had their own share of mistakes. Mistake journals would change their perspectives, perhaps to something a little more healthy, a little more positive.

Curt Rosengren

I love that James Dyson quote, Whitney. Thanks.

And I love the idea of being able to browse through elders' mistake journals. Imagine if that were part of the culture - handing down your hard-won learnings to the next generation in the form of a journal like that. Maybe we need to start a movement. ;-)

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