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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!

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DreamBigDollFace Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014
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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Fyuvix Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I agree n.n
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UiaBird Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
:) Thanks for this
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X-RayLawnmower Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
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theladyems Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012   Digital Artist
Here here!
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Forru Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I have to say... After reading this a while ago, I've been in an oddly happy mood since :meow:
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Fyuvix Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh man, that's so great to hear!! I'm super glad!
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KaitlynChipmunk0321 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:] I love this SO much!
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SakuraYabuki Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011
"Knowing that, why don't you go out there and make you some mistakes?"
lol that made me laugh xD Hm~ I don't think I'm neccissarilly afraid of making mistakes, but this does make me want to branch out of what I feel comfortable doing :3 ~inspired~ lol x3
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Fyuvix Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I'm glad to hear n.n
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whatpants Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I don't know how to start.
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Missmaddier Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011
lovely
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Heiin Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Student Filmographer
How come this has no comments nor faves? I liked this a lot. It actually made me feel a whole better..and I wasn't even upset! It really inspired me.
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Fyuvix Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Aw thank you very much; I'm glad to hear! It has comments and favs; Maybe a glitch in the system?
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Heiin Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Student Filmographer
I was on my phone and it said it had 0 comments and 0 faves. Now I feel silly xD
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Fyuvix Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
XD its all good; That's weird!
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Lewis-Ag Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011
Anyone taking failure as a negative is not getting particularly far in life.
Learning failure is positive is the VERY first thing to learn, ever.
It's amazing that so few people know.
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GracieDrakey Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thankyou. Thats all I can really say :)
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Meii-Pyon Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011
Wow this really help and encourage me a lot. I've always been afraid of making mistakes, so I never tries to do anything out of the ordinary, and by doing that I feel like I've stopped growing. So this really made me realize something. Thanks for taking you time to write this :D
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Fyuvix Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! Im so glad to be of service n.n
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pokeinuyasha Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This applies to me right now on so many levels...

I've been dwelling on past mistakes and feeling sorry for myself, for who I am. But reading this was enlightening and encouraging. I think I needed to be 'told' that kind of thing...

So... thank you so much <33
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Fyuvix Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I'm so very glad to hear! n.n
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Danni-Chan15 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I really really needed to "hear" this
I feel better now, thank you for taking the time to write it
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Fyuvix Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I'm so glad to hear!
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lexigirl77 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011
wow.....that helped me sooo much. Everday, all the time, we all make mistakes. I however am feeling like I'm the only one making mistakes somtimes so this really helprd me.
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Fyuvix Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I'm glad this could reach you! Thank you for taking the time to read it n.n
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lexigirl77 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011
well I was feeling like a failure so I read it! :)
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jbwarner86 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011
Yes! You speak wisdom, my friend. This is actually very much applicable to what's going on in my life right now, and it's quite inspiring!
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Fyuvix Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I'm glad it could help, JB! <3
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BubonicDoctor Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011
I always thought that making mistakes was actually making things worse for me ... but actually .. its a teacher. It makes me learn new things in life that i can learn and fix .. without mistakes .. you won't learn anything c:
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kid-cody Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011
this just made my day!

I owe you one.
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Kroobie Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I always appreciate your writings, they're very honest and educated.
I really like what you say about dwelling on past mistakes. I'm trying now, to be less fearful of mistakes and go ahead and attempt things to learn from them instead of stick to only what is comfortable.
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Fyuvix Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much for reading. Yeah, big mistakes can often freeze us up sometimes >,<
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Wyrm-of-Air Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011
to quote Teddy Roosevelt "Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat."
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Selenu Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011  Student Writer
You made me feel a lot better. I really needed to hear (or read) something like that. thanks you. =)
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Fyuvix Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I'm very glad to hear, thank you n.n
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OtterGrl Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011  Student General Artist
Theres never a time when I don't like your advice.
This makes me feel better fyu. >.O
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Fyuvix Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I'm glad to hear X3 Thought you could use a bit of it
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victor639514 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011  Student
This is wonderful advice!XD
I sometimes feel crummy after getting bad grades but then I learn never to make mistakes like that again.
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