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A Nickel for Every Failure

Text by: Joseph Primm of Primm's Place

A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new
-Albert Einstein
If I had a nickel for every mistake I have made in life, my riches would be boundless. And without those mistakes, I would not be nearly the person I am today.

We all make mistakes at one point or another in our lives. Some of us make a lot of them while others seem to have a perfect track record. The amount of mistakes is not what is important, though. It is how you handle those mistakes, which is important.

If you never learn or grow from a mistake, then it is the mistakes that control your life. But with each misstep or failure, if something new is learned then it only improves your life. It puts you closer to a greater life. Certainly it can feel like one step forward and two steps back. But in reality, a mistake is just the opposite.

One step back and two steps forward should become your way of thinking. Learn from those mistakes and try to never repeat them. You will, of course, repeat mistakes from time to time. Again, it's all about using those mistakes to move your life forward.

Maybe now is the time to put a nickel in a jar for all the mistakes you make. Allow those mistakes to add up in your favor. A jar full of nickels is not a jar full of mistakes, but a jar full of life.