Do not fear mistakes; there are none.- Miles Davis
Life is a jazz tune. Sometimes it’s raucous, sometimes blue, but always full of unexpected twists and turns, and here and there a delightful new sound emerges.
Viewed from a staunch classical viewpoint we might be tempted to call the new note or harmonization a mistake, but in the free-flowing world of jazz, it becomes just another piece of the melodic whole.
So you took the wrong job, chose a career based on what others expected of you rather than what you expected of yourself.
Was it a mistake?
Only if you spent all your time there dwelling on the fact that you would rather be someplace else and missed the chance to learn something about yourself.
Admit your mistakes.
Say sorry when you’re wrong. But don’t feel trapped by the mistakes of your past and don’t trap yourself now by the possibility of future mistakes.
Sure, we’ll continue to screw up. But, we just might invent a new note or two along the way.