The Hot Stove

Children are incredibly curious. This curiosity can be dangerous, especially when a hot stove is involved. Rooted in this situation is actually greatest lesson a person can learn. Don’t touch the hot stove again! The pain of getting burnt becomes ingrained in the mind of the child. Now imagine, if you associate every mistake you ever make to a pain that is so strong you subconsciously avoid situations that will position you to make that mistake. If you can learn from your mistakes and not make the same error, you will eventually be successful as long as you are persistent. Robert Kiyosaki said, “Don’t waste a good mistake, learn from it.” Life is trial and error. The most famous example of this is when Thomas Edison invented the lightbulb. It took him thousands of attempts and he made thousands of errors, but I can guarantee you he didn’t make the same error twice. You can be as dumb as a sack of bricks and still be massively successful if you know not to make the same mistake twice! Humans have a natural desire to avoid pain. If you can associate a mistake or error with some sort of pain, you will have learned a lesson. Also, you can associate something good with a reward. The trick here is to condition you subconscious to make the right decisions. There is no bigger fool than the person who does the same thing twice and expects a different outcome.