Mohan Thulasingam

A man who makes no mistakes does not usually do anything. All great things in life have been discovered and developed out of doing mistakes only. In the middle of difficulty only, lies the opportunity. Mistakes can be reduced if we love what we do. Many people tend to blow up even the small mistakes of others. It becomes intense if the other person happens to be an enemy. However, it’s wrong to view the mistakes alone by ignoring the good actions of the same person. This is akin to condemning a white cloth as dirty for a small black dot on it. Better weigh the good and negative aspects of anything to decide it’s worth. Optimists always look at the goodness whilst the Opportunists see the bad side only.

One woman opened a $1000 monthly deposit account in a bank and regularly paid the deposit. It was only at the time of maturity after three years, she realised that she had keyed in the wrong account code, making a stranger $39000 richer: A costly mistake, indeed!

An interesting News I read recently. A goose was arrested based on a woman’s complaint that it attacked her five-year-old daughter, and it  was terrorizing the neighborhood. Animal rights activists got outraged and demanded immediate release of the bird and an inquiry into this. It might be the animal behaved in its own natural way contrast to the human system. This is a simple case of mistaking the poor bird’s mind.

In 1962, NASA lost about $80 million due to the grammar error. A missing hyphen in the coding used to set trajectory and speed caused the craft Mariner1(America’s first interplanetary probe) to explode  minutes after take off. Arthur C Clarke called it “the most expensive hyphen in history.”

Mistakes occur due to our negligence and lack of interest in whatever we do. Hastiness and impatience also cause mistakes. Overconfidence and carelessness also end up in failures and losses. Prudence and alertness help in averting possible mistakes. Constant monitoring, supervision and control assure our safety and security. A disaster management system in a place of frequent earthquake is a good example. Do not repent after making silly mistakes, but exercise care in every action of life.

No matter how far you have gone on a wrong road, turn back to follow the right path. Instead of unnecessary and advance worrying, a person should develop the habits of proactive thinking and planning. So let us minimise the mistakes of any sort to save from loss. Without mistakes, life is meaningless and impossible as well. Life becomes charming after realising a mistake. Learn from each mistake. So, commit new mistakes always rather than repeating the old one.

(Author is a Ex-Banker and can be contacted on

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  1. JAYENDRA says:

    Ladder of Success is full of steps made out of mistakes. You remove steps and ladder is no more. Making mistakes is necessary ingredient in the recipe of success. Wise men and fools both commit errors. Wise man learns from the mistakes and avoids in future to prevent failure whereas fools tends to repeat them.

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