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Why is it important to make mistakes and how do they help us?

Updated: Dec 7, 2023

Mistakes are a natural part of human life. At the Multicultural Center, where many people from different backgrounds and with different native languages study, as well as children with learning difficulties, we know almost everything on this topic!

While we may try to avoid mistakes at all costs, they are a key part of our personal and professional development. This is why it is even necessary to make mistakes.

Learning and growth

Every mistake is an opportunity to learn. By making a mistake, we gain new knowledge. Mistakes make us think about what we did wrong and look for ways to improve the situation. Through mistakes we gain valuable experience that motivates us and helps us better understand ourselves and the world around us.

Creativity and Innovation

Mistakes can also stimulate our creativity. When something doesn't work, we look for new ways and alternative approaches. It is mistakes that often lead to discoveries and inventions. Some of the greatest discoveries in history came from false attempts or failures that ultimately opened the door to new possibilities.

Debunking the myth of perfectionism

Excessive perfectionism often holds us back from progress. Mistakes show us that it is not necessary to achieve perfection in everything and that it is important to accept human shortcomings. Mistakes allow us to re-evaluate our expectations and create space for growth and progress without the fear of failure.

Increased resistance

Mistakes help us develop inner resilience and the ability to overcome obstacles. When we learn from mistakes, we become mentally stronger and more prepared to deal with future problems.

Improving relationships between people

In human relationships, mistakes are opportunities to understand and create stronger connections. Apologizing for a mistake and accepting responsibility can build trust and respect in a relationship.


It is important to be able to work on mistakes correctly and use them to learn. This approach involves the ability to accept a mistake, identify what led to it, and learn from it for the future. It is also important not to take mistakes personally, but to view them as part of the learning and growth process.

The current state of Czech education and a way to accept mistakes

The Czech education system strives to improve student achievement. In addition to summative assessments, formative assessments are often used to help students better understand where they can improve. But in essence, the assessment does not carry any information load; it is difficult to interpret on its own.

If a student makes a mistake at school, the final grade depends on the teacher. A big problem when grading, for example spelling errors, is the automatic reduction of the grade. This approach also applies to children of foreigners, for whom spelling is a really big problem. Assessing mistakes is essential to moving forward, but assessment often depends on how students receive feedback from the teacher.

Don't be afraid to make mistakes and learn from them. It is with their help that we move forward!

Author: Mgr. Nela Merva

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