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On Mistakes

So you feel like a failure? Like your whole life is just one mistake after the other? The truth is, we all feel that way, because that's what life is, really. One shortcoming after another. But there's good news in that.

A smart man follows advice when it's first given, but a wise man learns it from experience. And what is experience, but trial and error? If you are right the first time, then you know how to do something, but if you make the mistake, you learn twice as much; what to do, and what NOT to do.

Mistakes are a teacher's greatest aspect. I used to think that in order to help people, I had to be perfect myself, but I find that through my failures and my shortcomings, I can offer the best advice. I've learned that from the people who've taught me as well. My parents aren't perfect, nor are they gallant military folk or 'heroes' by the modern sense of the word, but its through their humbleness that they've taught me some of the greatest lessons, and it's that very concept that keeps me thriving too.

Think of life like going down two paths, the right and the wrong. Two people come along and tell you which path to choose. One says "go to the right. It's the safe path." You could listen and follow them, but never know what would have been had you gone to the left. Could have been better, could have been worse. I'd rather trust the person who says "Go to the right. I've been down the left path, and I can assure you, you don't want to be there."

Mistakes should encourage you, not discourage you. When you fail at something, it should double your inspiration to get it right. Nothing worth achieving comes easily. It's failure and struggle that builds the legend, because lucky is the man who stumbled upon his great fortunes, but great is the man who earned them. And never let past mistakes hold you back. If you're dwelling on something you did wrong in the past, unable to forgive yourself for it, get over it now, here, today. The best part about those mistakes is that you've already made them, and even more encouraging to know, you won't have to make them again in the future. That stage in your life is over, so don't dwell on it. Take it, learn from it, and move forward. You're free from it.

The fear of mistakes is what causes ultimate failure. To fear mistakes means to fear the attempt, and without attempt, there can be no success. Never let the fear of failure keep you from trying, because only then will you lose. In fact, go headfirst with every desire to make as many mistakes as possible, to try out every possible route, knowing full well that only 20% of them will get you want you want. But know this, that mistakes can never break you. You can only begin to grow through experience. Sitting safe at home, sticking to what you know will work, will stagnant your creativity and limit your potential.

Knowing that, why don't you go out there and make you some mistakes? It builds character. ☺
I was talking to several friends over a period of time and I wanted to write this piece. I hope this can help anyone who happens to read it. Thanks for reading!

If anyone knows how to center text in the Literature section on DA, please freakin' help me because I tried to find out through FAQs [link] ,Googling it [link] , and even looking here [link] yet the daggon "center" tag eludes me. Div align doesnt work, neither does a simple center tag, nor a <p> tag, or font align, or text align. ^^; I'm at my wit's end.
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DreamBigDollFace Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  New member
Love this piece. As a person whose deepest fear is failure, this provides me with a lot of courage & confidence. Thank you. Heart 
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Fyuvix Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Youre most welcome n.n
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KillScreen94 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
This is wonderful! :) "To fear mistakes means to fear the attempt, and without attempt, there can be no success." So, SO true!
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Fyuvix Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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dakevinung Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Student General Artist
Very wise knowledge. Thanks so much :thumbsup:
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23Flavors Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Student
Thanks for sharing your wise words, I can honestly say that reading this has inspired me to take on a few new challenges.
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Fyuvix Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I'm really glad to hear n.n
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Ashes-By-Sundown Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
"Mistakes should encourage you, not discourage you."

Here I was, sitting here feeling extremely discouraged and ashamed over a mistake that I made with something, attempting to convince myself to try again because now I know what to fix, and then I happened to find this. (While I was actually popping over here for your character profile form, because it is amazingly helpful.) This right here though is lovely advice, just the kind of thing I needed to read right now. It's helped to make me feel better.
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Fyuvix Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I'm really glad to hear! n.n
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doctorstone Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012
I wholeheartedly agree with the thing above. People should never stop going forward even if they know just be mocked at and humiliated if they fail.

I made a lot of mistakes too, and at some point I thought the worst for me, but I got second chances.
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