remember that series i thought i’d run? yeah, it didn’t work out. i might revisit the topic in the future but for today, i wrote this instead. my brain feels tired, slow, and uninspired these days. off we go…
think back to an instance where you scored really well—90% or above—on a test. any subject, any grade.
personally, i’d marvel at the nearly perfect document, make a mental note of the sticker the teacher awarded me for future comparison with classmates, then tuck it into my dolphin-plastered Lisa Frank folder (Trapper Keepers were not allowed) and it was never to be seen again.
why? because there was nothing to learn. i reviewed my mistakes and understood what i’d done wrong, but otherwise, why would i review what i already knew?
fast forward to high school. by then, i was a tad wiser and knew teachers recycled test questions for midterm and final exams. i’d still stuff my tests into folders, this time Mead 5-Star ones in non-confrontational muted colors, but review them before exams.
by default, our test results separate questions into two piles: the ones you got right and the ones you got wrong. of course you’re going to study the ones you got wrong. with your mistakes it’s all NEVER AGAIN! 2 + 2 = 4, forever!
as i studied, i glanced over questions i answered correctly, but it was hard to focus on them. i thought, i know, i know. of course Columbus landed in the New World in 1492.
here’s the embarrassing thing: sometimes i’d incorrectly answer questions i’d gotten right the first time.
i was relying on my past performance to sustain me in the future. instead of being vigilant about both piles of questions—studying to reaffirm my knowledge and to solidify information i was shaky on, i just did the latter.
which leads me to wonder, @@what if failure isn’t making mistakes, but forgetting what we learned and did right?@@
@@failure isn’t (necessarily, or only) repeating mistakes, it’s getting previously “right” questions “wrong”@@
@@sometimes failure is ignoring what you got right the first time@@
@@learn from your mistakes and repeat your successes@@
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