A Person Who Never Made a Mistake Never Tried Anything New

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“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” – Albert Einstein

Researchers believe that what makes mistakes conducive to learning is the element of surprise upon finding out we are wrong. The brain does so sensitively that it manages to learn from mistakes in less than a second! But here’s the disclaimer: the ability to learn from mistakes varies between people. According to a study at Goldsmiths, University of London, some people will never learn.

It’s been said again and again that experience is the best teacher, but it turns out that it also depends on our mindset. A study published in Psychological Science finds that our perception on intelligence affects how our brain reacts to mistakes. People who think intelligence is malleable are better at learning from their mistakes compared to people who think intelligence is fixed! It holds true that “whether you think you can or think you can’t—you’re right,” a quote by Henry Ford.

The study showed that people who think they can learn from their mistakes successfully bounced back after an error. Their brains reacted positively to mistakes by sending a signal that says “I should pay more attention next time to avoid making the same error.” On the other hand, people with a different perception responded negatively by feeling stupid or mentally inadequate.

Here’s the thing: we avoid trying new things for the fear of being wrong. Infallible as we are, mistakes are often the most effective way in which we learn and improve, so why avoid them? Being open to mistakes is being open to improvement.

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