Yesterday’s Thoughts

February 3, 2006

Compounding Experience

I’ve been thinking over the past month more about experience, permanence and regrets.

The conventional wisdom is that in a person’s life, they make mistakes when they are young, which they regret, learn from and never do again.

This sounds great to me. Let’s encourage everyone to make as many mistakes as possible, then they will learn the most and become the wisest.

The corollary is that we should all make as many mistakes as possible as early as possible.

This is the compound interest theory of wisdom. The earlier you learn from your mistakes, the more payoff you get from the acquired wisdom.

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