Forgive yourself, you’re human

‘We achieve inner health only through forgiveness – the forgiveness not only of others but also of ourselves.’  Joshua Loth Leibman

We’re often much harsher on ourselves than on others, when making mistakes. And this sometimes leads to giving up on our goals and not giving ourselves a second chance.

 There’s a famous story told about Tom Watson, the founder of IBM. One of his employees had made a mistake that had cost the company ten million dollars. After the mistake was discovered, the employee walked into Watson’s office assuming he’ll get fired. Instead, Watson looked at him and said ‘Are you kidding? We’ve just spent ten million dollars training you’.

 Okay, the above is more likely to be a widespread urban myth than a real story, but the point still stands. Your mistakes will help you in pursuing your goals, so don’t give up on the goals just because you are making mistakes along the way. 

 Be kind to yourself, and forgive. Learn from your mistakes, but don’t let them become doubts about your ability to accomplish what you set out, nor excuses for giving up. Change your strategy, if necessary, but don’t doubt yourself just because you are making mistakes. Just put them down to experience, and give yourself a break.

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Alexa Ispas

I am a social entrepreneur, blogger, and talent scout, interested in helping people who want to create legacy. I have recently completed my PhD thesis in social psychology at the University of Edinburgh, and am originally from Romania. I am writing a daily blog on creating legacy, which you can find at