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KalWest's avatar

Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes?

Asked by KalWest (1389points) April 3rd, 2009

Fail again, fail better?

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syz's avatar

I like to think that some of my experiences have been positive :)

Mr_M's avatar

I like that. But it’s not ALWAYS true. It CAN’T be. If all of our experience were mistakes, we’d never move forward in that line of “life”.

Some experience starts out good. Then we get even BETTER.

Maldadpermanente's avatar

Experience is the scar our mistakes leave in our skin.

syz's avatar

@Maldadpermanente I’ve got quite a few of those.

KalWest's avatar

oh sure – take the half full cup approach LOL (jk)

May2689's avatar

YES. When you say things like ” I have a lot of experience in relationships” means ” I learned the hard way” AKA mistakes!!!

Maldadpermanente's avatar

@May2689 Lot of experience in relationships most often means ‘I didn’t learn at all’.

mattbrowne's avatar

Mistakes might contribute up to 50% to one’s experience. The rest is success. In modern corporate lingo it’s called ‘lessons learned’ and ‘best practices’.

Facade's avatar

That’s what people seem to think. Whenever people tell me that I have no life experience, they lean on the fact that I haven’t made certain mistakes, therefore I have no idea how “real life” is. Since I disagree, I just smile at their stupid asses and go on my way.

tabbycat's avatar

Well, is the glass half empty or half full? Sure, we all make some wrong decisions, but we all make some right ones, too. And sometimes the mistakes we make teach us valuable lessons that enable us to make better decisions next time. It’s all part of life.

The most unfortunate people in my experience are those who are so fearful of making mistakes that they don’t commit to anything. They really miss out!

The_Compassionate_Heretic's avatar

As humans, we will fail at many things. That’s how we learn. We learn from our mistakes and we learn from the mistakes of others. We only truly fail, if we learn nothing from our mistakes.

I think if we don’t learn from our errors, then there isn’t any experience to be gained save for the experience of having failed.

squirbel's avatar

It is life, it is living.
You breathe – you experience aromas.
You listen – you experience sounds.
You look – you experience eye candy.
You touch – you experience titillation.
You try – you fail.
You attempt – you succeed.

Your experiences are yours; mine are mine, and we share – and live vicariously.

wundayatta's avatar

Sure, mistakes are a part of experience, but experience contains much more, besides. What is the point of this question? Are you sking about the role of mistakes? The role of failure? Or the simple question in the title?

YARNLADY's avatar

If you learn from your mistakes, you can call it experience, as one of the many of lifes experiences. If you don’t learn from your mistakes, you must experience them over and over until you do. That’s what experience is all about.

Jeruba's avatar

Fortune-cookie wisdom. Experience consists of a lot more than that.

aviona's avatar

I could see “experience” as a euphemism for “mistakes.” I think (and hope) it’s more all-encompassing than that, though—that it includes the positive past, as well, not just the negative. We can learn from that, too, right?

JellyB's avatar

True, but as others have said, not all experience comes from making mistakes.

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