Make Many Mistakes and Learn

make mistakes

Here is another great piece by Bruce Ivar Gudmundsson of The Case Method in Professional Military Education on learning from mistakes.

One cannot spend much time in the popular wisdom literature of our culture before running into a proverb that reminds us that good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from making mistakes.  If this proverb is true, then it follows that the person who wishes to cultivate good judgement must seek lots of opportunities for making mistakes.

Well-taught decision-forcing cases offer many such opportunities.  Indeed, the fact that a good case teacher insists that each student commit to a particular path before he knows where it will lead him ensures there will be plenty of misreadings, misjudgements, and, best of all, missteps.

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