Mistakes are teachers

A tweet from Zen_Moments this morning caught my interest. “The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.” by Elbert Hubbard who was an American writer, publisher, artist, and philosopher. I am dealing with people in the workforce right now who want you to put yourself out there but when someone does the first and only thing they say is ridicule. Yet they themselves are unwilling to go out on a limb. In an other word, hypocrites. So I understand that many, including myself once, have a very real fear of making mistakes. The tragedy is in doing so we hamper our own growth and cap our potential.

In the internal arts, especially with push-hands, there is a fear of being pushed over or not doing things correctly. True students of the internal arts must overcome this fear! Being pushed over or not being sensitive enough are mistakes that are great opportunities to learn. I like to say, “Don’t worry about being pushed that is the pinnacle of learning.” Students, and I include myself in that word, will be pushed over/out a 1000 times but eventually will learn equilibrium and then be very hard to push out. Though there is always someone more sensitive to it than you. Anyways, do not hinder yourself with fear of mistakes. Mistakes are life’s greatest teachers.