11. Don’t Look Back at your Mistakes Too Long.

  • Mistakes are life’s way of teaching you.


  • Your capacity for occasional blunders

is inseparable

from your capacity to reach your goals.


  • Search for the seed of good

in every adversity.


  • You will learn things in adversity

that you would never have discovered without trouble.


When you make a mistake in life … , or get ridiculed or rejected,

look at mistakes as detours on the road to success, and view ridicule as ignorance.

After a rejection, take a look at your BAG.

B is for Blessings. Things you are endowed with that you often take for granted like life itself, health, living in an abundant country, family, friends, career.

A is for accomplishments. Think of the many things you are proud of that you have done so far.

And G is for Goals. Think of your big dreams and plans for the future that motivate you.

If you took your BAG – blessings, accomplishments and goals – to a party, and spread them on the floor, in comparison to all your friends and the people you admire, you’d take your own bag home, realizing that you have as much going for yourself as anyone else.

Always view rejection as part of one performance, not as a turndown of the performer.

by Denis Waitley


“Success is the ability to go from one failure to another

with no loss of enthusiasm.”

Winston Churchill (1874 ‑ 1965)

British prime minister

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“Your mind doesn’t know the difference between reality and fantasy. Feed it good thoughts.”

Zig Ziglar

Author and motivational speaker


“Deficiency motivation doesn’t work. It will lead to a life-long pursuit of try to fix me. Learn to appreciate what you have and where and who you are.”

Wayne Dyer

American motivational Speaker and Author of self-help best selling books, (born 1940)

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3 Responses to 11. Don’t Look Back at your Mistakes Too Long.

  1. xmuha says:

    It would be great If I could just forget about my mistakes, my past ….
    whenever I try to forget it, it follows me like a stinky smell .. the soul is stretched in every direction…. It is awful ..

    Thanks for the post.

  2. I think there are things we can never forget. If they are “bad” or mistakes, I try to focus on what I learned and quickly get back to my life strategy and goals.

    Good luck!

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