Some people often say that experience is the best teacher, but I’m convinced that that is not entirely correct. It’s not the full truth. Otherwise, how is it possible that an individual can lead a lifetime of one negative experience after another and pile up failures on each other?
I would rather see experience as an independent variable that means nothing other than what you and I make of it and the lessons we glean from it. Our failures have no power in themselves to instruct us to live smarter and better lives, outside our willingness to audit and commit to new and progressive lifestyles.
What this automatically means is that we need not even wait to engage directly to generate life lessons, when we can proactively observe the lives of others and learn from their journeys.
My thesis is, experience doesn’t teach anything. It is audited experience that does!