Graduation Speech: What They Never Told You About Mistakes

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What They Never Told You About Mistakes
Is perfection really obtainable? Can we reach this abstraction without first falling and lending ourselves into the hands of failure? Thomas takes the controversial, misinterpreted concept of mistakes and parallels it with a hope so empowering that it yields progress. Most people tend to correlate mistakes with falling short and the incapability to achieve success on a level that offers satisfaction. However, Thomas rightfully and sufficiently sheds mistakes under the same positively-connotative words such as “lucky” and “hope.” Without failure, which is engraved in our nature, to maintain an adequate balance between mistakes and success, society would not be as evolved as it is today. Without mistakes,
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Growing up, we have been defined through numbers: our weight, ACT scores, and our GPAs. We are taught how not to fail, in which that alone sets us up for failure. They fail to mention that it is the lowest test grade that rests before the higher test grades to come. It is these grades that can be enough to push us to the brink of a limitless progression. I once did so poorly on my Advanced Chemistry test that my peers soon began to view me as the poor grades I had been receiving, making me feel as if I had a giant “F” plastered across my forehead, deeming me unable to reach such high achievements. Yet my failure could not and would not erect a barrier for me nor define my abilities. I utilized my mistakes, making it a tool for success, pushing myself to heights everyone thought was unattainable for “someone like me.” A year later, those same kids are coming to me for help in the same subject area. I did not allow one test be marked as my downfall, but rather act a steer in the right direction. We must take ourselves and keep pushing until we reach our highest potential, as mistakes “represent the highest of human endowments.” If we do not fail, we do not learn. If we do not learn, then we do not grow. So let us fail- then let us grow as flowers grow through concrete cracks. For hope lies where we though was impossible: in times …show more content…
We analyze the cause and emphasize the effect, which left the nation founded upon partisan and sectionalism. We cannot gloss over these mistakes, as no lessons will be learned and repetition is then inevitable. Common themes lie in today’s society in relation to the past where we study slavery in hopes of learning from such a failure to sway away from such detrimental manners. The 1800s was a time where failure was America’s biggest ally, feeding its hunger day by day. That era was revolutionary in that such malfunctions lead to progress...the abolishment of slavery that treaded into every era after the nation faced its deadly effects. We must not look back at it as a time solely composed of utter ignorance, for if we did not learn from their mistakes then slavery’s shackles would still reign over a majority of our population. We would have to relive such horrors to finally deem it immoral, delaying progress. In many countries today, including the leading nation of China, a notion of slavery still exists. According to South China Morning Post, an estimated 2.9 million people in modern slavery in China which includes the forced labor of men, women and children, domestic servitude and forced begging, the sexual exploitation of women and children, and forced marriage. This country has never experienced the ruinous effects of

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