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You Don’t Learn From Experience

Take time to reflect.


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Reflection is the key to learning.


You can have an experience and repeat the same mistakes. You may not know what your weaknesses are, so you repeat.


We all have countless experiences, but we don’t learn from each one. We learn when we pause, reflect, and evaluate.

“If someone is going down the wrong road, he doesn’t need the motivation to speed up. He needs to stop, reflect, and change course.” — John C. Maxwell

Take writing as one example. If you simply write whatever comes to mind every single day, you would have lots of experience writing. But would your writing have improved? Of course not.


What makes you improve is learning. And you learn by pausing and reflecting.


You need to read good writing, reflect, assess, and edit your writing. And so, you learn and improve.


Experience alone means nothing. Reflecting and acting on your experience is learning.