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Principle of Behavior 8.

Learning requires making innovative survivable mistakes.

Commentary: Learning (not rote memorization) implies risk and the possibility of misunderstanding the problem, misapplying procedures or drawing incorrect conclusions. However, I've generally learned more from fortuitous errors than from perfect behavior.

If I:

  • Continue to blindly repeat the mistakes another has made, I've not learned from his example.
  • Continue to blindly repeat my own mistakes, I've not learned from the experience.
  • Repeat the same initial conditions over and over, but expect a different result each time, then I have a serious problem with reality.

In my experience, the key to learning is to make new, innovative, but survivable mistakes.
If not new or innovative, I've not added to the store of human knowledge.
If not survivable, then I do not benefit from the experience.


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