A real expert – it is said – is a person who has made all the mistakes it is possible to make – within a very narrow field.
Jon Mott, an American educator and blogger just wrote a nice blog post on failure:
Rarely do we tell students that we do not know how much they will learn, that we cannot even be sure of the outcomes, that they will have to participate communally before they will learn, that learning may confront their status quo in an uncomfortable fashion or, even more important, that we all fail sometimes and so will they.
I also like this Zen story:
When Banzan was walking through a market he overheard a conversation between a butcher and his customer.
- “Give me the best piece of meat you have,” said the customer.
- “Everything in my shop is the best,” replied the butcher. “You cannot find here any piece of meat that is not the best.”
At these words Banzan became enlightened.
- Jon Mott. Rethinking failure, learning, and achievement
- Everything is best. 101 Zen stories
- Helge Høivik. LATINA Summer 2009 Second Week