Mistakes — Opportunities for Learning

There was a story that Fred loved to tell about a carpenter asking a potential apprentice if he ever made a mistake. “No, sir!” he said, sure that would help him get the job. But the carpenter answered, “Then there’s no way I’m going to hire you — because when you make a mistake, you won’t know how to fix it!” What a great lesson — and not just for carpenters! We all can learn when we make mistakes. In fact, mistakes help us learn. Fred felt so strongly about that message that on several occasions he intentionally decided to keep a mistake on the program rather than to retape, like the time he buttoned his sweater wrong and when he couldn’t keep up with folksinger Ella Jenkins’ hand motions.

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