There Are No Mistakes

11x14 broken pencilAn art teacher once divided his class into two groups.

The first group’s assignment? Create a masterpiece. They were told they had three weeks to develop their brilliant ideas into perfectly polished pieces worthy of the finest museums and galleries.

The second group’s assignment? Work steadily for three weeks. Don’t worry about perfection. Be curious and have fun. Trust your intuition, follow your energy. Try anything and everything that occurs to you without judging it good or bad. Learn from your experience and keep going. THERE ARE NO MISTAKES.

At the end of the three weeks, the first group came in exhausted and dejected, carrying pieces that were half-completed and nowhere near masterpiece status. They had started with big ideas, but grown frustrated and discouraged by their perceived inability to execute them fully right away and had given up.

The second group arrived enthusiastic and full of life, many of them carrying what could easily be considered masterpieces. They had allowed the creative process to move through them. They had experimented and had fun. They had experienced the power of taking Baby Steps and celebrating every result for the learning it provided. 

Thomas Edison’s teachers said he was “too stupid to learn anything.” He was fired from his first two jobs for being “non-productive.” As an inventor, Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb before he finally succeeded. When a reporter asked, “How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?” Edison replied, “I didn’t fail 1,000 times. I didn’t fail even once. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps.”

Look at where his invention has taken us. I’d say those 1,000 steps were well worth it.

When we let go of our FEAR of “making mistakes and failing,” we accelerate our ability to learn quickly and free ourselves to create Masterpieces in all walks of Life.  Figuring out what doesn’t work is essential to figuring out what does.

What great possibilities will you begin birthing today because you know you can’t fail?

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About djwlifecoach

As a retired board-certified coach, author and Reiki master teacher, I continue to share hope, possibilities and empowerment with the world. What's love got to do with minimizing stress and getting unstuck? Everything! My book, "Choose Your Energy: Change Your Life!" (Hay House/Balboa Press 2013) shares my story and the stories of 10 of my clients along with my signature Discovery Framework. During my 30 years as an organization transformation consultant, I served as a senior partner in four of the world's largest, most prestigious global professional services firms. In 2005, I took a five-year sabbatical to find healing and peace because non-stop work had taken its toll. My recovery from burnout, including a sustained 80-pound weight loss and freedom from 10 years of debilitating depression, led to finding my purpose sharing hope, possibilities and empowerment with the world. Through healing and self-exploration, I discovered that loving yourself unconditionally is the key to transforming your personal life, your work and the world. With attention and intention, I learned to live in alignment with love through a wealth of energy-shifting tools and techniques that help me reduce stress, anxiety and overwhelm by releasing limiting beliefs, emotions and habits. My books, blog and radio episodes help individuals and organizations harness the transformative energy of love to turn unexplored possibilities into fulfilling realities and step into their greatness. Learn more and access FREE resources at For fun, I love singing, reading, sewing, knitting, golfing and movies. I live in Williamsburg, Virginia with my husband, Wilson, and the coaching cats who manage my life—SiddhaLee and Maisy Jane.
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