... provide additional and tangible proof, besides breathing and the whole heart beat thing, that you are still alive. Screwing up every once in a while, simply means that you are open to new ideas and that you are not afraid to try new things, explore unfamiliar concepts and schemes, experiment, go out on a limb, jump in and get messy, work hard, and, above all learn.
I will repeat LOUD and CLEAR, it is okay to mess up, as long as you are willing to accept responsibility for the error and move on to the next plan of action. Satisfaction, gratitude, and pride can only come from attaining achievement with struggle and effort, along with that little touch of fear and humility.
At Deep Root Center, this concept is central to our philosophy. We encourage discovery through exploration. We support experimentation, observation, and investigation. We advocate imaginative play, the production of messes, and industrious effort. All of which come with the understanding that failure and occasional goof-ups are acceptable outcomes, because life without mess-ups (yes, even the colossal ones) provides no opportunities for real learning and growth.
Stagnation is, simply, not an option when you are engaged, motivated, and inspired by the process and by the people around you.
This particular post was, of course, inspired by a mistake. In my enthusiasm for providing information about Self-Directed Learning, I sent out the Daily Connection to the folks who subscribe to the DRC Blog through Mail Chimp, without completely thinking through the ramifications of increasing their inbox totals everyday instead of once or twice a week. After receiving some valuable feedback, I will not send the daily communication to the Mail Chimp subscribers. If you are interested in learning more about Self-Directed Learning, Your Daily Connection can be found on the DRC website as well as on the DRC Facebook page. My apologies and thank you to those who offered comments.