What Did You Learn From Your Biggest Mistake?

We all make mistakes, and hopefully we also learn from them. Chances are you've had a big one or two in your life. We want to know what it taught you, and how it helped you grow to become a better person.

As Jocelyn K. Glei points out, writing for productivity and ideas blog The 99 Percent, this is the sort of question that can seem a little silly or annoying in a job interview but is actually worth a lot of thought on your own. In the post (linked below), Glei offers up a story of a job she took that moved her across the country and didn't quite work out the way she planned. In the process she discovered what really mattered to her in her work life and was able to make everything work out.

In my case, I took a job out of college that wasn't right for me because it seemed like the responsible thing to do. I stayed there for about two years until I was so unhappy I just quit, not even thinking about the future. On the upside, I'd made plenty of friends there and everyone helped me find a new job within a month.

I had a lot of options and it wasn't long before I was earning more money than I knew what to do with. Nonetheless, I still had aspirations outside of the work I was doing and spent the year figuring out how to uproot and move my life elsewhere. I moved to Los Angeles, pursued every opportunity I found remotely interesting (including more school), and eventually wound up here at Lifehacker. I learned to make decisions that make me happy, not that seemed practical or responsible. When I started putting my happiness first, everything fell into place. It took years, but I could always feel things getting a little better as time moved forward.

What's your story?

What Was Your Biggest Mistake & What Did You Learn From It? [The 99 Percent]


    Don't know,.. made too many to remember! #]

    Mistake: Drowning
    Learnt: stay out of the deep end if you can't swim

    Nothing. Got married... did it again.

    Regardless whether we want that or not, we live in a very fast paced environment, electronically surrounded and most of all very stressed! One thing that I did in the past is to stress and worry about things that I should not had to. There is a very fine line between being realistic and seeing things in a different way and you have to be in tune with your inner self to be in control at all times. People do not see things. That is a fact.

    Example: You hear at the office that there will be some changes in the company that you work for, yet you have a mortgage and immediate body/mind response is worry, stress, anxiety ... So you are getting ready for something that have not yet happened at the first place.
    So, the tension starts to grow. Couple of weeks later you found out that the change in the company was in a different department and you are OK.

    So, if you were able to see that in the first place, obviously you would not have been stressing out at all. Also, whatever happens, happens for a reason. Chillax, take the ride, see the stars, value your family, be thankful for every day you live and most of all, enjoy life.

    Well it would have to be, don't date someone you work with. Company ink and all that, great when its working, not good when it goes bad.

    Mistake: Trusting my ex-girlfriend when she said she was just friends with her ex-boyfriend
    Lesson: Actions speak louder than words

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