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Two steps forward, one step backward

By Marcus Santer

The Saturday Quote:

“Mistakes are the usual bridge between
inexperience and wisdom.”
Phyllis Theroux

In Clarabella’s continuing quest to pass her driving test we’ve now graduated from the Dawlish Warren carpark to the open road.


Huge step.

Truth be told I’m the bottleneck in this part of her progress.

Because I can only currently take about 5 minutes of not having a steering wheel or foot peddles at my control before I start sh*tting my socks.

But like many fears – regular exposure to it is starting to rob it of its power.


After driving on the road we head to the carpark.

It’s an opportunity to develop muscle memory and to drill tasks like:

And so on.

The other day Clarabella was struggling with creeping away from a stand still and stopping within a few feet of having started moving.

Something you might do when parking.

Last week she’d got it like a champ – but on this day she was messing up bad.

And that’s when I realised there’s no progression without making mistakes. That progress is not a one way road, sometimes you take two steps forwards and then the next day you’ve taken a step backwards.

This was revelatory.

Not just for Clarabella but for me.

You see I spent nearly a decade being told by one of my teachers that if you were making mistakes you were not making progress.

Guess it’s time to let go of that old programming.

So today, lets give a shout out to making more mistakes and using them to gain more experience, wisdom and expertise.

Oh, and because it’s raining so heavily here I think I’ll share a second quote with you:

“From the errors of others,
a wise man corrects his own.”
Publilius Syrus

And if you’d like to learn how to stack the odds of living a longer, healthier and more independent life in your favour from a guy who’s made most of the mistakes…

So you don’t have to!

Enrol in my ZEN+ Home Study Course.

Bye for now


P.S. About mistakes…

If you’re a pilot or a surgeon I guess making mistakes isn’t something you want to be doing whilst working.

Best leave it for practice.

Speaking of practice — I know perhaps my weakest segue ever — check this out.