Tip #752: Mistakes

On December 17, 2018, Posted by , In learning,Uncategorized, By , With Comments Off on Tip #752: Mistakes


“To swear off making mistakes is very easy. All you have to do is to swear off having ideas.” Leo Burnett

It is the end of the year and I’ve been thinking about paths I didn’t take as well as paths that essentially blew up in my face. Sigh… I would like to say that each mistake has been an opportunity to learn something about myself, about the world, or about life itself. That’s not entirely accurate. Some “mistakes” were strong good faith efforts that failed for reasons well beyond my control.

My experience with federal government service contracts, for example. I needed to show a certain dollar amount for federal contracts on a yearly basis and was unable to … Read the rest “Tip #752: Mistakes”

Tip #685: Better Learning From Mistakes

On August 22, 2017, Posted by , In learning, By ,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #685: Better Learning From Mistakes

“There are no mistakes or failures, only lessons.” Denis Waitley

[Note: All of the information in this Tip is drawn from “Why Mistakes Matter in Creating a Path for Learning,” by Claudia Wallis in The Hechinger Report (7-26-17).] https://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2017/07/26/how-making-mistakes-primes-kids-to-learn-better/

Did you know that:

  1. We pay more attention when we make an error?
  2. If we are surprised that our answer is wrong, this really gets our attention?
  3. The more certain we are of our wrong answer, the better we will learn the right one after being corrected?
  4. Learners need permission to make mistakes so they can learn from them?
  5. The best way to help them learn from their mistakes is to ask learners to explain how they got their answers-
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Tip #600: Making the Best Mistakes- Part Four

On December 21, 2015, Posted by , In learning, By ,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #600: Making the Best Mistakes- Part Four

“To get profit without risk, experience without danger, and reward without work, is as impossible as it is to live without being born.” A. P. Gouthey

According to Eduardo Briceno, the CEO of Mindset Works, there are four types of mistakes that are most useful in the learning process. These four mistakes are: stretch mistakes, aha-moment mistakes, sloppy mistakes and high-stakes mistakes.

This Tip will focus on the fourth and last type of mistake: high-stake mistakes, as described by Mr. Briceno:

“Sometimes we don’t want to make a mistake because it would be catastrophic.

For example, in potentially dangerous situations we want to be safe:

  • A big mistake from the person in charge of security in a nuclear power plant
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Tip #599: Making the Best Mistakes- Part Three

On December 14, 2015, Posted by , In learning, By , With Comments Off on Tip #599: Making the Best Mistakes- Part Three

“I make mistakes; I’ll be the second to admit it.” Jean Kerr

According to Eduardo Briceno, the CEO of Mindset Works, there are four types of mistakes that are most useful in the learning process. These four mistakes are: stretch mistakes, aha-moment mistakes, sloppy mistakes and high-stakes mistakes.

This Tip will focus on the third type of mistake: sloppy mistakes, as described by Mr. Briceno:

Sloppy mistakes happen when we’re doing something we already know how to do, but we do it incorrectly because we lose concentration.

We all make sloppy mistakes occasionally because we’re human.

However, when we make too many of these mistakes, especially on a task that we intend to focus on at the time, … Read the rest “Tip #599: Making the Best Mistakes- Part Three”

Tip #598: Making the Best Mistakes- Part Two

On December 7, 2015, Posted by , In learning, By , , With Comments Off on Tip #598: Making the Best Mistakes- Part Two

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

According to Eduardo Briceno, the CEO of Mindset Works, there are four types of mistakes that are most useful in the learning process. These four mistakes are: stretch mistakes, aha-moment mistakes, sloppy mistakes and high-stakes mistakes.

This Tip will focus on the second type of mistake: aha-moment mistakes, as described by Mr. Briceno:

“Another positive type of mistake, but one that is harder to strive or plan for, is the aha-moment mistake.

This happens when we achieve what we intend to do, but then realize that it was a mistake to do so because of some knowledge we lacked which is now becoming … Read the rest “Tip #598: Making the Best Mistakes- Part Two”

Tip #597: Making the Best Mistakes- Part One

On November 30, 2015, Posted by , In learning, By ,, , With Comments Off on Tip #597: Making the Best Mistakes- Part One

Learning from mistakes is not automatic. In order to learn from them we need to reflect on our errors and extract lessons from them.” Eduardo Briceno

We know that “to err is human” and the best thing we can do is to accept that we will make mistakes and learn from them. However, according to Eduardo Briceno, the CEO of Mindset Works, there are four types of mistakes that are most useful in the learning process.

These four mistakes are: stretch mistakes, aha-moment mistakes, sloppy mistakes and high-stakes mistakes.

This Tip and the next three Tips will focus on each of these types of mistakes. We’ll begin by looking at stretch mistakes, as described by Mr. Briceno:

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