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Why are we afraid to make mistakes?

I recently saw this article and found the following paragraph: "In science, you make your mistakes in public. You show them off so that everybody can learn from them. This way, you get the benefit of everybody else's experience, and not just your own idiosyncratic path through the space of mistakes."


While i'm not sure that all scientists share their mistakes so that others can learn form them, i was wondering why we're afraid to make mistakes at work, for instance? Is it because we are told that mistakes are not tolerated? Could it be our education, from our family and school, that mistakes should be avoided at all cost or hidden when they happen?

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    Jun 3 2013: One reason has to do with education. In school, a mistake is the worst thing you can make, the whole grading scale is based on how many mistakes kids make. Inadvertently, this has caused a drop in risk taking and creative solutions to problems because kids are so afraid they will make a mistake they will not take a risk. You can't be creative if you are paralyzed by fear of making a mistake.
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      Jun 3 2013: Robert Kiyosaki in his book, "If you want to be rich and happy, then don't go to school", postulated pretty much exactly what you have just said Dale. By making people believe that mistakes are wrong/bad, people then become afraid to make them. This then transpires that people don't innovate in their jobs because they are afraid of being wrong!
      The missing key ingredient here about mistakes, is that you are meant to learn from them! It is by learning from your mistakes that you grow and gain more knowledge and insights. If anything, mistakes should be encouraged with the proviso that you learn from them. Much as we should learn from the mistakes of the past in our collective human history, so the same mistakes aren't made again! :D
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        Jun 5 2013: My Father, who was a masterful handyman and carpenter, said that, in today's work culture, he'd have to fire himself as a 17 year old apprentice, because he made loads of mistakes in the beginning....

        My son gets frustrated because he can't play guitar like I can...except neither could I when I started....You try, mess up, try again,mess up, try again, mess up a little less, try again....etc.

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