Monday, September 16, 2013
DECLARATION OF LEARNING INDEPENDENCE
Throughout life's journey, everyone is always afraid of making mistakes. I am a nasty culprit of this statement; why am I and so many other people so afraid of messing up? It has been drilled into the heads of many that mistakes are learning tools; "You will learn from your mistakes." Even knowing this and seeing examples of the learning process in action; people, including myself, are still afraid of doing something wrong. When headed towards a goal it's almost impossible to achieve it without doing a few things wrong in the process. Most of the time, even when something is done incorrectly, the objective is still met; it just took longer than expected because the mistakes had to be gone back to and done the right way. Now you are even more prepared because not only do you know the right things to do, but you also know the wrong things to do. Mistakes are part of life, so why are they outcasted? If I could learn to accept the fact that making mistakes is inevitable, maybe reaching my goal of going to Stanford next fall to study civil engineering would stop making me feel sick with stress every time I think about it. There are thousands of alternatives to explore that could possibly make me just as happy as I would be studing at Stanford. I am determined to find a way to conquer my fear of making mistakes by the end of this course, and possibly figuring out why so many people are afraid to make mistakes as well when it is impossible not to learn from them. The people already getting involved with creating collaborative working groups are my models; big shout out to Lisa Malins. She doesn't let the fear of striking out keep her from playing the game. I hope to learn from her fearlessness and hopefully use her as a tool to figure out how to answer my big question.