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Sit down Pour yourself a Coke have a chocolate chip cookie--whatever you like Then grab a yellow sticky note and write this down MISTAKES ARE GOOD You may have heard this before but I bet you still hate the idea of screwing up and embarrassing yourself in front of everybody This is understandable We arent very nice to people who make mistakes Unless you somehow manage not to do anything ever again you will mess up somehow somewhere I promise If you have the right frame of mind though that mistake could turn out to be one of the most valuable most important most memorable or most delicious accidents in history Its happened before--too many times for me to describe without giving you severe eyestrain Theres a great little book on the topic called Mistakes that Worked by Charlotte Foltz Jones Its written for kids but its the sort of thing thats a fun read even for adults Ive picked my favorite mistakes from history science and folklore Some are familiar We already know for instance that Christopher Columbus meant to sail to Asia not America We may never have pondered other mistakes however Where would Jack be if his mother hadnt tossed his magic beans out the window Not up the beanstalk getting golden eggs from the giants goose thats for sure And where would Cinderella be had she not dropped her glass slipper Cleaning the fireplace thats where By the way did you know that the original Cinderella story had her wearing a fur shoe A French writer made a mistake when he wrote the story down in 1697 confusing two homonyms--vair an Old French word for fur and verre which is French for glass But it was a good mistake making for much more romantic story and much better fashion And now for the rest Coca-Cola chocolate chip cookies and yellow sticky notes Did you wonder why I invited you to
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