Papernstitch recently wrote about mistakes on their blog and it made me start thinking about what I've gained from making mistakes. I would be a much different person without the mistakes that I have made and even the mistakes other people have made that affected my life.
- The events of my childhood - Without going into a bunch of personal detail, I'll just say that some pretty bad things were done to me during my childhood and I made my fair share of huge mistakes during that time as well. Those mistakes by me and others made me who I am today. I have been able to relate to and help more people in similar situations and I like that.
- If I hadn't stopped my college education when I got married, I wouldn't have had the joy of returning to college 20 years later, much smarter and knowing what I really wanted to study.
- If my husband hadn't lost his job near the end of 2009, he wouldn't have been able to be home to take care of me when I totaled our truck and broke my foot.
- If I hadn't gotten behind with our finances, I wouldn't have had the motivation to start an online business and blog. I'm one of those weird people who actually likes working for others and letting them deal with the headaches and paperwork. Without this push, I wouldn't have found out how much I like to have my own business.
- If I hadn't been undecided on where to focus my business management studies, I wouldn't have gotten the benefit of studying both marketing and human resources. I waited too long to choose a human resources emphasis and I'm glad since I took the last of the HR classes being offered as well as marketing courses I was interested in. The HR opportunities I thought would happen for me disappeared and the marketing classes led me to better opportunities.
So here's to mistakes -- may we continue to make them and continue to learn from them!