You know him?
He magically transformed a blank canvas into a breathtaking landscape… in just 25 minutes.
And he’d hypnotize you with his calming and soothing voice and his polite and gentle manner. He brought life into his paintings with charming phrases like, “And here lives a happy little cloud.. and his friends are rrrrright over there.”
In one episode of his painting sessions, he made a made an error, but instead of frustration and trying to fix it he said…
“We Don’t Make Mistakes. We Have Happy Accidents.”
…and a just few brushstrokes later, his “accident” turned out to be something marvelous. His painting turned out to be different than planned but also better.
And right then, I thought, this was a simple but brilliant analogy.
Because, when you think about it for a moment; Every time we make a mistake, we have to deal with it. We gain valuable “insider information’ and we get the unique chance to make something special out of it.
We have to come up with new ideas, dig deeper, confront problems, and turn obstacles into challenges.
We grow through experience we wouldn’t get without committing a mistake in the first place. We reach a new level of understanding.
Basically, we use these mistakes (or problems) as a springboard to reap a very valuable lesson.
If we’d trash the “canvas” every time we make a mistake, we don’t learn that anything.
But, if we see it like Bob Ross does, as ‘Happy Accidents’, we turn these ‘brushstroke-accidents’ into something positive… something better.
Wanna check out Maître Bob Ross for yourself? (Warning: it’s addictive!)
Here you go:
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