A creative mistake

Today I am sharing a lovely post published by Marilyn Warner on her blog Things I Want To Tell My Mother. Her post Ooops! is just a short one but it includes some mighty fine reminders:
• that mistakes can become successes if one doesn’t give up
• that mistakes are only failures if one chooses them to be

The ability to accept mistakes as inevitable, and to embrace the messages in them as stepping stones to success are important attitudes for learning at any stage. (And as Marilyn says, we are not talking here about life-changing, heart-breaking mistakes with tragic consequences, just the little ones that can be redefined if we don’t give up.)

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Things I Want To Tell My Mother

It would be a mistake to hire a 4-year-old to be your carpenter.  Cute, maybe, but still a mistake.  (Pictures by Marylin Warner) It would be a mistake to hire a 4-year-old to be your carpenter. Cute, maybe, but still a mistake. (Pictures by Marylin Warner)

Using the wrong fork is  embarrassing, but it's a minor mistake. Using the wrong fork is embarrassing, but it’s a minor mistake.

Texting and speeding and driving the wrong way is a serious mistake. Texting or speeding and driving the wrong way can be a very serious mistake.

Years ago, before my dad’s Alzheimer’s and my mother’s dementia, they were included in a tour of one of the 3M facilities. When I asked how they’d liked it, my dad told me details from a businessman’s perspective. My mom’s perspective was different.

She remembered ACM—the initials of Acrylate Copolymer Microspheres—from the tour. She nicknamed them “A Creative Mistake,” and they became an inspiration.

In 1968 3M intended to create a super strong adhesive for the aerospace industry. But there was a mistake in the plan, and the end result was an incredibly weak product.  Years later, the reworked mistake became Press’n…

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8 thoughts on “A creative mistake

  1. Bec

    Thanks for sharing this great post – such a wonderful way to view experiences, and to think “we” spend so much time crinkling our foreheads and writing our hands about silly little things that in the scheme of life don’t matter.

    I’m glad the armadillo was okay! Who shoots an armadillo!?

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    1. Norah Post author

      Exactly! That was a big oops! I hope they don’t all get shot before I see one. They look very cute. 🙂
      I’m pleased you enjoyed the post. Thanks for commenting. 🙂

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