How Smart People Learn
Have you been victimized by the badly misleading statement, “Experience is the best teacher”? A better truth is to say: “Experience is the most memorable teacher,” because your first-hand encounter with the pain or pleasure it brings burns that memory deep into your psyche.
A productivity expert was credited with saying, “Dumb people don’t learn from their mistakes.” To prove that, you simply need to look at the statistics as to how many people exit prison after serving their time, and end up back in prison in a year or less (and most times for committing the same crime again). They don’t learn from their experience and their mistakes. It is said smart people do learn from their mistakes and their experiences. If you ...