Catalyst Quotes

Compiled by Alex Pena ~ ‘Catalyst’: “to spark, to ignite, energize, mobilize; something that accelerates a reaction (DDI)." Thought-provoking & motivational quotes and stories for you to read, reflect on and move forward in making creative and positive changes in your life.

“Learn From Your Mistakes”

“Fearlessness is not the same as the absence of fear.

The fearless person is well aware of the fear (he)/she faces.  The fear, though, becomes a compass, not a barrier.  It becomes a way to know what to do next, not an evil demon to be extinguished.

When we deny our fear, we make it stronger.

When we reassure the voice in our head by rationally reminding it of everything that will go right, we actually reinforce it.

Pushing back on fear doesn’t make us brave and it doesn’t make us fearless.  Acknowledging fear and moving on is a very different approach, one that permits it to exist without strengthening it.

Life without fear doesn’t last very long — you’ll be run over by a bus (or a boss) before you know it.  The fearless person, on the other hand, sees the world as it is (fear included) and then makes smart (and brave) decisions.”   – Seth Godin, Seth’s Blog 6.23.13



“What is the single force that shapes the quality of our lives?  What power do we have that can change everything? … the answer is the power of choice.  It is our decisions, not our conditions that determine the quality of our lives.   Before we go any further, we need to understand that we are where we are today because of the decisions we’ve made —decisions about what to focus on, decisions about where to place our priorities, decisions about what things mean and decisions about what to do.

Success is a result of good judgment; good judgment is a result of experience, in most cases.  And what about experience?  Yes, experience is most often a result of bad judgment.

So here’s the good news:  The experience gained from bad judgment and bad decisions is unbelievably valuable — it’s priceless!  So don’t waste time beating yourself up over poor decisions you’ve made; learn from the experiences.  When people succeed, they celebrate. When they fail, they ponder.  They stop and think, ‘What happened here?’  What could I have done differently?  It’s only through self-evaluation that we learn how to make better decisions.

So, when you make mistakes, learn from them; use your experience to improve your judgment and make better decisions.    – Anthony Robbins, “It Is Your Choice”, Seeds of Success



“I’ve learned so much from my mistakes …

I’m thinking of making a few more.”   – Unknown Author



“There are no mistakes, no coincidences.  All events are blessings given to us to learn from.”   – Elisabeth Kübler-Ross


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2 thoughts on ““Learn From Your Mistakes”

  1. I really like all of this, but I LOVE the quote

    “I’ve learned so much from my mistakes …

    I’m thinking of making a few more.” – Unknown Author

    Makes me laugh and think at the same time – two of my favourite things.

    • Thank you Rob for your comments. That quote that you mentioned is a good one and I agree with you that it can make someone laugh and think. I thought it would resonate with many. Have a positive day!

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