Making mistakes

If you haven’t read Neil Gaiman, then you’re missing something.  As 2013 gives way to 2014, this quote struck a chord for me.

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.

So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.

Make your mistakes, next year and forever.”

Let’s see what 2014 has in store for us…

  • KImMcCoy

    Well said. What you said reminds me of someting G.K. Chesterton wrote: “If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly.” There is a nice little discussion of his bon mot at The American Chesterton Society (

  • Neal

    Thanks for the link Kim. It’s funny that the debate that Chesterton was addressing (specialized professionals vs. generalist amateurs) is still alive and well today.