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"Rethink It"Stuart Jones“We made too many wrong mistakes.” - Yogi Berra   We are all experts in mistakes. We all make them and that is really o.k. We learn from our mistakes in the areas that matter least. We repeat our mistakes in the areas that matter most. Too often, we look at our pasts and our decisions don't even make sense to us. We end up asking, "What was I thinking?"   “Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time.” - George Bernard Shaw   Mistakes – too often we think of those as bad things. Once, maybe twice, might be acceptable, but repeating mistakes is the big mistake. Yet some of our best learning opportunities come from our mistakes. How do we avoid getting stuck in cycles of repeated mistakes that take our lives down the wrong path? Examination, assessment and learning lessons after making a mistake is the path that leads us to changing behavior.   “And a step backward, after making a wrong turn, is a step in the right direction.” - Kurt Vonnegut   So, mistakes are not bad. Learning lessons is not a hard process. The challenge is remembering our lessons, especially those that deal with the big things in our lives. Don’t waste the valuable lessons; don’t recycle errors in judgment.   “Failure is instructive. The person who really thinks learns quite as much from his failures as from his successes.” - John Dewey