Apple Cider Sips and Slip-Ups: It’s Okay to Make Mistakes

It's okay to make mistakes

One thing that can be hard for new grads to learn – it’s okay to make mistakes! Here’s three steps to accepting that making mistakes is okay.

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This article – Apple Cider Sips and Slip-Ups: It’s Okay to Make Mistakes – is part of the Content Collective series, featuring tips and expertise from Flatiron School staff members on topics ranging from program success to the job search. This series is a glimpse of the expertise you can access during your program at Flatiron School.

Can you see it? The golden rays of autumn painting the skies outside your window, a soft blanket cocooning you in its warmth, and the aroma of freshly brewed apple cider dancing through the air. You’ve just returned from a long, productive day, and now, in this cozy haven, you find solace in a steaming mug of liquid comfort.

Today, we’re delving into understanding the journey of life and learning. Making mistakes is not only okay, but it’s also a vital part of the process. Much like that first eager sip of hot apple cider that can scorch your tongue if you’re not careful, life can sometimes throw us challenges that feel just a bit too hot to handle. Frustration can set in, and impatience begins to bubble. You might even question if you still want that drink. Is the effort worth it?

The Myth of Perfection

Well, let me assure you, there’s no such thing as “perfect.” Life, much like making cider, is a delicate blend of trial, error, and patience. If the mix isn’t just right, you add a little more sugar or stir a little longer. Embrace the mistake, for it’s the first step towards finding the perfect blend.

Now, what about those moments when the heat of a situation feels a tad overwhelming? Much like cooling down cider to the right temperature, there are various ways to find a solution. You can add a metaphorical ice cube, seeking out different resources and outlets to help you retain the material given. It’s about researching, exploring, adapting, and discovering what works best for you.

Achieve The Right Perspective

Now, ponder with me for a moment. Why is this perspective so crucial for new students and graduates in the tech world? The tech field is a dynamic realm, filled with constant change and innovation. Embracing mistakes and learning from them is a high-value skill. It’s about practicing and honing in on your newfound abilities in a field that thrives on progress and adaptation.

Think of Thomas Edison’s words: “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” While we may not have 10,000 tries, what we do have is the opportunity to practice, learn, and grow. Mistakes are not the end; they are the stepping stones to success and creating the perfect mixture to indulge in.

Embrace The Process

In your tech journey, remember, it’s not just about getting it right on the first try. It’s about being in the right space to keep working at it until it “clicks.” Surround yourself with good support, and like-minded individuals who understand your journey. Seek out mentors and resources that can provide that extra nudge toward understanding and possibly gaining new skills to propel you forward.  Those who can help you write down the perfect recipe. Adding and substituting the right ingredients.

As you embark on this journey, know that every challenge, every slip-up, is an opportunity for growth. It’s a reminder that you’re pushing boundaries, and exploring new horizons while striving for your version of excellence. Take a deep breath! Inhale the sweet harmonious notes in the air, sip your cider, and keep moving forward with confidence, knowing that every slip-up is a step closer to success.

So here’s to you and to the warm, cozy, and enlightening journey that lies ahead. I raise my mug! May your cups be filled with resilience, your hearts with determination, and your minds with the wisdom to embrace the beauty of making mistakes. After all, in the world of tech and the world of cider, it’s all about finding that perfect blend. Cheers, and may your journey be as comforting and satisfying as a  well-made cup of hot apple cider on a crisp fall day!

About Brittany O’Meally

Brittany O’Meally is a Student Advisor at Flatiron School.

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