It has been said a wise man knows nothing, but a fool knows it all even what he doesn’t know. Indeed life is too short to make all the mistakes and learn from them; and to learn from other people’s mistakes that’s real wisdom. The Ancient teaching says, “The world is a teacher to the wise man and an enemy to the fool”. Wisdom comes through understanding the cause and correcting it intelligently; so it comes from understanding and learning from other people’s mistakes too.
How we are brought up to see problems matters most when we are faced by them. Let’s stop laughing about others mistakes because someone’s mistakes today could be your mistakes tomorrow and worse and ugly if you don’t learn from them. To avoid those mistakes stop judging those who make mistakes wrongly and begin to learn from them. It does not mean you cannot talk about it, you can, first think and talk about that mistake in a sensible way.
“If you keep judging people, you will have no time to love them”
– Mother Teresa
Let’s take another example of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide that left more than a thousand people dead in days. That’s a lesson for Rwandan people and the whole entire world to learn from, to love and accept one another the way he or she is and cast away those negative beliefs and stupidity of their tribes or religious groups and to continual with a well-being future; Remember that, “everything that happens is not for a reason, until you find a reason in that event, that’s when it becomes for a reason”. If you cannot learn from the bad things that happened to you, it’s difficult to learn the more good from the good things as well.
Mistakes are lesson for a wise man and an enemy to a foolish man. Mistakes depend on your perception about them. “There is nothing good or bad in the world, it’s just how your mind perceives it” as said William Shakespeare; your perception towards mistakes is what makes you foolish or wise.
Were we see problems their lies opportunities too. A number of people have written books on the 1994 Rwandan Genocide, helping others to learn some good lessons from the same experience and on the other hand making wealth and money from that same incident, that’s an opportunity too. A book for example “left To Tell” by Immaculee Ilibagiza who her family was killed too in the same 1994 Rwandan Genocide incident. How so nice she has “Given you and me a story to tell” The reality is same, but the perception is different as Steve Jobs said, “Two people can see the exactly the same thing, but see it differently based on their vision”.
Sometimes people with the worst pasts end up creating the best futures, but if only they learn from that past and create the best from that past. Where they can be problems, can be opportunities too or where they can be opportunities can be problems too depending on your perception. “A pessimist sees problems in an opportunity. An optimistic sees opportunities in problems.” From problems rises solution and opportunities, as the saying goes, “from ashes springs new life.” Always look for the good in people’s experiences, and your experiences too because experience is the best teacher to a wise man and an enemy to a fool. Therefore, develop a positive perception.
“The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word ‘crises.’ One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity in a crises. Be aware of the danger, but recognize the opportunity”
– John. F. Kennedy