Learn from Mistakes

Audio / Produced by The High Calling


On a recent tour for his book on George Washington, the author was both admiring and candid about the father of our country. He said, “Washington was 44 and had never led the military. He wasn’t a brilliant general, and he made horrendous mistakes. He was inept and had many defeats . . .”

But, Washington learned from his mistakes. He never gave up. He adapted quickly. He was courageous in the extreme. And his army of ragtag soldiers followed him to victory over a much superior force.

This is Howard Butt, Jr., of Laity Lodge. Passion, commitment, and willingness to learn from our mistakes: these can be just as important as formal qualifications—in the high calling of our daily work.

The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn,
shining ever brighter till the full light of day.
But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness;
they do not know what makes them stumble.

(Prov. 4:18-19)