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It’s Okay to Make Mistakes

Nobody likes making mistakes. That’s obvious, but it goes even deeper than that. People hatre making mistakes. People would go to huge lengths to avoid mistakes, and I’m talking about absurdities here. There are people that would rather do nothing, and thus never make a mistake, then try and allow for that possibility.

Believe me, I know, because I’ve lived it and I see it every day.

I’m a martial arts instructor, and perhaps the hardest part of my job is getting people to see, accept and even welcome mistakes. It sounds counter-intuitive, but it’s the truth. People don’t get better by doing things perfectly. As I often say, if everyone could already do this, then I wouldn’t have a job. My job is to find your mistakes and get rid of them, to make you better. If you hide and don’t allow your mistakes to surface, then you are forever stuck in mediocrity.

There can be no growth without mistakes.

That’s the secret right there. If you never make a mistake, then you never get any better. Continue reading

Plato and Why People Make Mistakes

Why do people do wrongs things? We all make mistakes, as that’s just part of being human. Sometimes, though, it’s as if we go beyond mere mistakes and into active destruction. We know that eating junk food is bad for us, for example, but we do it anyway. Eating junk food is wrong. We know it, but we do it. Why? Why do we make mistakes?

It’s an interesting question. Well, I’m a philosopher, and I find it interesting. I’m also a martial arts instructor, and I see mistakes all the time. Indeed, a big part of my job is correcting mistakes, in guiding my students down the path to correct technique. It amazes me how the same mistakes happen time and time again, both with the same person and across many different people. Why can’t I just correct it once? Why do we need so many repetitions? Why are mistakes the norm and not vice versa?

It may seem strange how I started talking about nutrition and have now suddenly shifted gears into karate training, but it’s really not strange at all. It all comes down to Plato.

Perhaps the most influential person in history, both world and my own.

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