Fool Me Once…

This quote gave me chills when I read it because it made me consider mistakes in a new light. I’ve thought of mistakes as growth opportunities, lessons learned if made only once. I thought of people who make the same mistakes over and over as fools who never learn their lesson. But I feel the truth in this quote, and now I know better: They are making a choice. And chances are when they are choosing, they simply don’t care how it affects those around them.

23 thoughts on “Fool Me Once…

    • Thank you for your comment, it really got me thinking. Of course I’m not sure the context the author of the quote had in mind so I can only speak for myself. I agree that mistakes and failures are a necessary part of growth and that some of my biggest mistakes were my biggest learning moments. I guess I see mistakes and so-called failures (like when we try something and keep failing at it, so try new ways until we get it right) as two different things. So to give an example, recently I found out that someone I trusted scammed me. Looking back, I realized that my intuition had told me from the start that something was off and I didn’t listen. I won’t make that mistake again. However, if I were to have an uneasy sense about something again and ignore it, that would be a choice on my part. On the other hand, I make a lot of mistakes when I’m doing updates to our department website because I’m learning how to do web design as I go and it’s necessary for me to learn through trial and error. However, if during that process I discovered that clicking on something messed up an entire page, I’d definitely make sure not to do that again. Does any of this make sense?

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  1. Sometimes it’s unconscious decisions to keep doing it over and over because they don’t realize it’s a mistake in the first place. But, when they do become aware, you are on point that it’s a choice and their willingness to keep doing it is a decision.

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  2. I like that quote, Kim, and I think it is almost always true. Sure there may be times when people need to repeat a mistake once or twice before they learn from it, but more often than not, they are repeating the mistake because they don’t care enough to learn from it or change their behaviors. And calling it a mistake takes away the sense of responsibility. If I’m honest, I have to admit that I’m guilty of this myself from time to time.

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  3. Hi, Kim, your comment on the post about Kanye and compassion really appealed/resonated…so, I am following you, given that you are just the type of person I love to connect with. I look forward to reading more from you….thanks for sharing. 🙂

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  4. That’s a very interesting twist on the issue. I can honestly say I’d never thought about it that way before. I think there’s a certain amount of truth to it, though. (Although, at least in my case, a poor memory can sometimes lead to making the same foolish mistake twice too.)

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  5. This is a very interesting quote, Kim. I agree that some people may repeat mistakes a second time strictly from a stubborn position or hoping for a different outcome but even as we choose to make that decision a second time, I think in our heart of hearts we know what the outcome will be. We may just need a stronger confirmation of our actions.
    Like most, I’ve been guilty of this on occasion but it’s usually been a situation where I’m the one affected. When some action is repeated that negatively affects others, I think that’s a very different conversation.
    Lots of discussion can happen with these words.

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    • Very wise observation and distinction, George, about the action affecting only ourselves vs. others. But yeah, I agree with you that sometimes we are stubborn or hoping for different results. I agree that as long as the only person we’re hurting is ourselves, repeat offenses aren’t as harmful. Thanks for sharing this insight.

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