What’s The Best Mistake You Ever Made?

I was driving home from a workshop, half listening to an interview on the radio, when I heard a question that really caught my attention.

The interviewer asked, ‘what was the best mistake you ever made?’ Well, that certainly woke me up and I kept repeating the question to myself ignoring the rest of the interview.Statue Small

Why?

I’ve never been asked, ‘what’s the best mistake you ever made?’ and it’s such an unusual question. I have been asked the opposite of this, which is ‘what’s the worst mistake you ever made?’ And with a little thought that’s usually easy to answer. But ask me what my best mistake was and I’d have to think at a deeper level to answer it.

It’s amazing how one word in a question can make such a difference. Ask about the ‘worst’ and you usually get a horror story that can leave one stuck in one’s own misery. But ask about the ‘best’ and you are more than likely to get an answer that leads to a way forward, to a more appreciative understanding of the ‘mistake’.

So what’s the best mistake I ever made?

That’s going to take a lot of thought and time to answer so I’ll have to get back to you on that – perhaps in a future blog post. :)

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