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]