Learning From Mistakes

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Context: I used a modified version of this for an assembly presentation at Bangkok Patana School. The message is simple, and well known, yet is still an important one to raise with students. It should be quite easy for someone else to recycle this and explain the gist of the slides. The early slides (and video) are deliberately designed to make people laugh – mistakes are often funny after all – but the presentation takes a more serious turn on slide 8 when the audience are reminded that often your own mistakes do not feel very funny at all. The remainder of the presentation provides timeworn suggestions of how best to manage your mistakes and make the most of them, recognising that mistakes are vital to human progress.
For best effect, start by showing the youtube clip (link also given on the second slide). For added effect, play music at the same time – ‘I used some of Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines - Original theme song (this youtube clip includes it). The simple ‘FAIL’ slide refers to a common word that has taken on a new life of its own in recent years in internet pop culture circles. Fail! Is a quick put-down for something someone has done wrong. T The presentation is comprised of other people’s work and ideas which I have credited where possible. Special permission has been sought and granted for using the following: Slides 4 and 5 – the failblog.org images, Slide 14 – the thumbpress.com image. The other images are either known to be licensed under some form of Creative Commons license, and are credited on the relevant slide, or are presumed to be public domain (with original sources not traced). Please do contact James Penstone if this is a wrong assumption for any of the images, and this slideshow will be corrected where it is hosted at slideshare.

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Learning From Mistakes

  1. 1. Learning From Mistakes Source: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Traian_Vuia_aircraft.jpg
  2. 2. Show this youtube clip at this point:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5l_oZQyluw Source: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Traian_Vuia_aircraft.jpg
  3. 3. Source: http://www.crooked-stick.co.uk/great_decision_making.html [Original source unknown]
  4. 4. D’oh!Image: Some rights reserved by List [trade break - catching up]
  5. 5. Image: Some rights reserved by Alex E. Proimos
  6. 6. To Err is Human, To Forgive Divine.Image: Some rights reserved by Lawrie Cate
  7. 7. Anyone who hasnever madea mistake hasnever triedanything new.Albert Einstein(1879-1955) Source and License: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Einstein_tongue.jpg
  8. 8. Found on: http://alittlesomethingsarah.blogspot.com/ [& many similar sites, unreferenced, presumed Public Domain]
  9. 9. Found on http://www.webtricksblog.com/blogging-mistake-newbies-blogger.html [& many similar sites, unreferenced, presumed Public Domain]
  10. 10. Source: ThumbPress
  11. 11. Admit your errors before someoneelse exaggerates them. Andrew V. MasonImage: Some rights reserved by anderbill
  12. 12. Everyone makes mistakes, butadmit your own before you pointout someone else’s. Image: Some rights reserved by !anaughty!
  13. 13. Accept you will make mistakes - we allmake mistakesHave the self-confidence to admit tothem, take responsibility for them, acton themLearn from them and be courageousabout making changes – try to avoidrepeating mistakes
  14. 14. Mistakes are the usual bridge between inexperience and wisdom. Phyllis Theroux, Night Lights Image: Some rights reserved by 96dpi
  15. 15. Mistakes are the portals of discovery James Joyce (1882-1941)Source:http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:James_Joyce_by_Alex_Ehrenzweig,_1915.jpg
  16. 16. Superglue was invented by mistake. Dr Harry Coover wantedto isolate a clear plastic. When he accidentally allowed it tobe exposed to moisture, it bonded strongly together.Fact: http://www.antibodycommunications.com/corporate/Top10Mistakes.pdf Image: Some rights reserved by CarbonNYC
  17. 17. Teflon was invented by mistake. Roy Plunkett used aniron container by mistake which caused a chemicalreaction and so Teflon was invented in 1938.Fact: http://www.antibodycommunications.com/corporate/Top10Mistakes.pdf Image: Some rights reserved by JPC24
  18. 18. Mistakes are Stepping Stones toSuccess Image: Some rights reserved by Looking Glass
  19. 19. Context: I used a modified version of this for an assembly presentation at Bangkok Patana School.The message is simple, and well known, yet is still an important one to raise with students. It should be quite easy for someone else to recycle this and explain the gist of the slides. Theearly slides (and video) are deliberately designed to make people laugh – mistakes are oftenfunny after all – but the presentation takes a more serious turn on slide 8 when the audience are reminded that often your own mistakes do not feel very funny at all. The remainder of the presentation provides timeworn suggestions of how best to manage your mistakes and make the most of them, recognising that mistakes are vital to human progress. For best effect, start by showing the youtube clip (link also given on the second slide). For added effect, play music at the same time – ‘I used some of Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines - Original theme song (this youtube clip includes it). The simple ‘FAIL’ slide refers to a common word that has taken on a new life of its own in recent years in internet pop culture circles. Fail! Is a quick put-down for something someone has done wrong. TThe presentation is comprised of other people’s work and ideas which I have credited where possible.Special permission has been sought and granted for using the following: Slides 4 and 5 – the failblog.org images, Slide 14 – the thumbpress.com image. The other images are either known to be licensed under some form of Creative Commons license, and are credited on the relevant slide, or are presumed to be public domain (with original sources not traced). Please do contact James Penstone if this is a wrong assumption for any of the images, and this slideshow will be corrected where it is hosted at slideshare.

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