“Evolution forged the entirety of sentient life on this planet using only one tool, the mistake.” – from Westworld, an HBO Series
It is, indeed, a beautiful quote from Westworld, an American science fiction western thriller television series created by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy for HBO. Human-like androids with erasable memory & fixable bodies in a Western themed amused park in the show are tasked to entertain “real” humans. However, these androids start developing long-term memory and deeper philosophical nature – conceivably because of a mistake!
Evolution, be it of sentinel life or that of various creative ventures set up the humans – the pinnacle of all sentinel life, will not be possible without that one essential element – mistake. But, is it true that mistake is the only tool on which entire evolution hinges? Perhaps not. If mistake is not followed by learning, evolution won’t happen.If you want to evolve, feel lucky that you have made some mistakes in the past. But, at the same instance, ask yourself what you ended up learning from those mistakes?
I have observed a strange fact of life. Humans generally learn only during their failures.
Mistakes do not necessarily result in failures. And, if they don’t, more often than not, we may refuse to learn from those mistakes – in fact, our minds may not even register them as our mistakes.
I have seen many successful entrepreneurs locked into this “success-induced blindness”. What they fail to appreciate is that if they could succeed in spite of their mistakes, they could have perhaps conquered the world, if they had learnt from them and not repeated them all the time!
This is why one needs to have good advisors around oneself, seek their advise, trust them, and respect their opinions. That behavior distinguishes a star and a superstar!