Open Discussion Thread: What Was Your Most Important Mistake?

We all make mistakes. Mistakes are a crucial part of becoming a grown-up.

Has there been one mistake you’ve made in life that has changed your life forever, and made you a better man (or woman)?

 

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  1. Anthony Zarat says:

    The biggest mistake of my life was voting for Barak Obama in 2008.

  2. Tom Brechlin says:

    My biggest mistake was the times I didn’t follow my faith.

  3. Jamie Reidy says:

    Guys, I think the point is not what’s your biggest mistake, but what is your BEST mistake?

    Like the accidental discovery of penicillin. Or, that guy who mistakenly smashed a chocolate bar into a jar of peanut butter, thus blessing the world with the Reese’s peanut butter cup. (Holy craving!)

    My best mistake was writing my book before seeking an agent. Experts say that non-fiction authors should only write a book proposal, because an agent will tell them yea/nay on whether the topic is a good idea or not; this will save the author countless hours and effort if the concept is unlikely to be bought by a publisher.

    Well, since I did no research on getting published, I went ahead and wrote my book. After 26 agents rejected me, a friend slipped the manuscript to a publisher. Voila! “Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman” later got turned into the movie LOVE AND OTHER DRUGS, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway.

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