Mistakes Simply Show Us What We Didn’t Already Know!

Mistakes simply show us something that we didn’t already know. Hmm… It sounds like those dreaded mistakes that we’re so afraid of… and those dreaded mistakes that we try so hard to avoid… don’t really have to be looked at as dreaded mistakes and painful experiences after all.

We can view our mistakes through a different lens and now see a friendly, lovable mentor, or a caring, patient teacher, or maybe even a wise and winning coach that is just trying to point something out to us that we need to know, but don’t already know.

So I guess it would be beneficial for all of us to change our paradigm of mistakes from one of a foe to one of a friend. Changing this paradigm, though, will require one to control their thoughts. Thoughts become things. Negative thoughts put us in closer proximity to negative situations.

The good news is that we can avoid this negativity trap by just changing or model or paradigm of what mistakes really mean to us. We must control our thoughts. We must believe that mistakes are a wise old mentor pointing out a few things that we don’t know yet. This new way of looking at mistakes pushes us into taking action and helps us stop small mounds of trouble from growing into massive mountains of misery.

We can avoid the Mt. Everest shadow from overtaking us by just being grateful for the small mistakes that we make today. Those little mistakes of today are just pointing out some small things that we don’t already know while simultaneously helping us avoid the big, ugly, and nasty mistakes lurking in the shadows of tomorrow.



  1. What success and leadership principles can you identify in this newsletter?
  2. What will you do over the next week to implement one of these success and leadership principles?


Dan just did a speech for the American Federation of Teachers. And he is planning several more speeches based on his book, “The Storm”

 He’s also working on several more books and a movie script based on his life.




*Be sure to check out some of Dan’s book series pages!

Granddaddy’s Secrets Book Series

Granddaddy’s Secrets for Educators Book Series

Authors Should Speak Book Series

Granddaddy’s Secrets for Sports Lovers Book Series

Granddaddy’s Secrets for Parents Book Series

Granddaddy’s Secrets for Self-Starters Book Series

Granddaddy’s Secrets for Frustration Beaters Book Series

Granddaddy’s Secrets for Overachievers Book Series

Granddaddy’s Secrets for Authorpreneurs Book Series


Dan Blanchard, Teen Leadership, The Storm

*The difference between two people today and ten years from today will be the books they read and the people they talked to!