February 7, 2018
They sound like they should be avoided. But mistakes in life are definitely not done on purpose.
To experience one probably means that you are disadvantaged in some way, but we know this does not have to be the case.
History is littered with various mistakes in life which have paved the way for groundbreaking discoveries...
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I have a healthy relationship with potential mistakes in life and encourage you to embrace the mistakes in life as something not to be feared but harnessed, learned from and, occasionally, enjoyed.
My best mistake, of recent times, occurred during my first TEDx talk.
I was the first to take to the TEDx stage on that day and, with the spotlight shining bright and anticipation palpable throughout the excited audience, I set out to deliver a fun and interactive talk which amounted to my most memorable mistakes in life.
My TEDx presentation explored the difference between being heard and actually getting through to our intended audience.
I illustrated part of my talk by playing catch with the entire audience. This was NOT the mistake.
An amazing experiment designed to break down communication barriers in one of the most uncomfortable and hostile communication environments I know.
Not communicating effectively is one of the biggest mistakes that man commits. Even though one can be marked for the various mistakes in life, communication barriers must not be one of them. Period.
I began the experiment on a playful note.
No one interacts with the tube so I thought I would try and shake things up a little through the medium
It worked beautifully and I managed to change a carriage full of commuting zombies into smiling, talking, humans.
If you were on the Central Line on that day you may have experienced something profound.
I used the same model and applied it to the TEDx situation by playing catch with everyone in the TEDx arena – it was magically chaotic (as intended) as squidgy stress balls flew in every direction.
The game was designed to illustrate the bedlam of modern communication and involved every audience member.
It worked well and illustrated the difference between being heard and getting through amazingly. (You can see it here on YouTube for yourselves https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVTbv1L6n3g .)
An auditorium filled with people, huge numbers of them holding a previously thrown smiley stress ball. I didn’t see it coming, quite literally. A classic example of unintended mistakes in life
I continued with my talk, after the crescendo of the catch game, and in the bright lights of the main stage did not see the squidgy missiles coming back to their owner in large numbers.
Of course, they were going to throw them back, of course, the magical chaos would continue and, of course, I would be the intended target of my recent self-created mistakes in life.
There is a wonderful moment on the video when I am hit in the chest by one of the balls and giggle in response to the spontaneity of the moment.
One of the prime mistakes in life, yes.
But not a problem, quite the opposite, in fact.
The fun continued and the audience was truly part of the experience and now felt like they owned part of the show, which of course, they should.
Though I started out by pointing towards one of my current mistakes in life, the experiment opened a new door of communication. Involvement can go a long way to solve the problems that people feel on a daily basis.
By being involved and by interacting not only the problems can be managed but the upcoming mistakes in life can be avoided.
Often I have to remind leaders and business owners to be more courageous in how they communicate.
Continue to ERR, it’s very human and extremely magical.