“Even a mistake may turn out to be the one thing necessary to a worthwhile achievement.” - Henry Ford
Have you ever made a mistake you regretted? It can be hard to recover from a mistake we wish we hadn’t made. But, not every mistake has to be a total disaster. In fact, some of the best inventions we use today started out as mistakes.
Who doesn’t love the smell of chocolate chip cookies baking in the oven? They even make candles that smell like a fresh batch of chocolate chip cookies. But, did you know this delicious treat started out as a mistake?
Famous for her desserts, Toll House Inn owner Ruth Wakefield intended to bake chocolate cookies one day. But, while mixing up a batch, she realized she ran out of baker’s chocolate. So, she took the sweetened chocolate bar she had on hand and broke it into tiny pieces to add to the cookie dough instead. Hoping the pieces would melt to make chocolate cookies, they stuck! Thanks to this baking error made in 1938, we're still enjoying Nestle Toll House chocolate chip cookies today!
Potato chips also started out as a mistake. In the mid-1800s, a chef at Moon's Lake House in Saratoga Springs, New York, tried to make a plate of fried potatoes one day. But, a dissatisfied customer kept sending back his plate. Each time, he asked the chef to cut his potatoes thinner and to fry them more. Eventually, Chef George Crum got so mad that he sliced the potatoes extremely thin and then fried them until they got really hard. To his chagrin, the customer loved them! Thanks to this accidental invention, you can now enjoy this salty snack with crunch straight out of a bag or with your lunch.
Chocolate chip cookies and potato chips prove that mistakes don’t have to be the end of the world. They can mark new beginnings instead! In fact, mistakes serve a valuable purpose. They prove that you can get out of your comfort zone and try something new or different. Trying is doing. And, doing is achieving, even if the outcome is not what you had intended. You can at least give yourself credit for having ambition and the courage to back it up with action.
Every mistake you make is a step closer to your goal or dream. Even if the step doesn’t yet achieve your desired result, it is still a step toward courage and a step farther away from fear. Yes, mistakes prove you're brave. You need to be brave when striving to reach a goal or dream. Courage is the fire that gets you excited and keeps you going. So, don't lose courage.
Life is not flawless. Mistakes are a part of the journey. They are even a part of the landscape. Each mistake helps to fill in the picture of the dream you hold in your mind. Mistakes add colors, shapes, textures, and other fine details to your dream. Once you've brought all your details together, your picture will be complete. And, eventually, your dream will come to life.
Trust the process and have compassion for yourself in the process. It’s OK to learn something new, change direction, or take more time. Be open to the missteps that happen along the way, and be open to the lessons they teach. Lastly, be open to the final results or outcomes, even if they don't look like you had expected. In fact, they could be better!
So, if there is something you want to accomplish, go for it. If you make a mistake? Try again. If you make another mistake? Learn and grow from it. And, if you make yet another mistake? Just keep going. Never give up. Giving up would be the biggest mistake you would regret.
Remember, you set your goal for a reason. Giving up would only dishonor the reason behind your goal. Remind yourself why you set that goal in the first place. Remind yourself you deserve to achieve it. Focus on believing that you will. Then, tell yourself you can do it!
You can do anything you put your mind to. Don't be afraid of making mistakes. Mistakes are the chocolate chip cookies and potato chips of the world. Mistakes are steps toward greatness.
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