Experience Teaches Only the Teachable

The most overrated skill is to never make a mistake. The most underrated skill is to never repeat one. We all make mistakes and we should learn from them, but when people say they learn from their mistakes it’s sometimes said as if it’s an immutable law, like gravity or thermodynamics. Mistakes are only a chance to learn, they do not guarantee any lessons or skills; mistakes or experience teaches only the teachable.

The fact that we are slow to learn from mistakes has been repeated in a different form, over and over:

“Those who forget…

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