Grantland Rice (1880 – 1954) was a famous sportswriter who was friends with — and wrote stories about — great athletes like Babe Ruth (the baseball legend) and Bobby Jones (the greatest golfer of his era).

Mr. Rice understood that even the very best players make mistakes. And what’s true in the world of sports is also true in the game of life.

Grantland Rice said, “Little good comes from brooding about mistakes. The next shot, in golf or in life, is the big one.” And he was right.

The next time you make a mistake, don’t be too hard on yourself. Instead, try to repair the mistake if you can, and be sure to learn something from the experience. Mistakes will improve your game if you make up your mind to learn from them.

Mistakes Can Improve Your Game If You Learn From Them

I tell kids that if you make a mistake, it’s not the end of the world.
James Brown

If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything. I’m positive that a doer makes mistakes.
John Wooden

Don’t be crippled by mistakes. Instead, learn from them and then move on.
Bill Marriott

You can learn little from victory. You can learn everything from defeat.
Christy Mathewson

I have always grown from my problems and challenges, from the things that don’t work out; that’s when I’ve really learned.
Carol Burnett

Virtually nothing comes out right the first time. Failures, repeated failures, are the guideposts on the road to achievement.
Charles Kettering

Constant effort and frequent mistakes are the stepping stones of genius.
Elbert Hubbard

People are not remembered by how few times they fail, but how often they succeed. Every wrong step is a step forward.
Thomas Edison

When you blunder, blunder forward.
Thomas Edison

Look at misfortune the same way you look at success. Don’t panic.
Walter Alston

It is also necessary for us to learn from others’ mistakes. You will not live long enough to make them all yourself.
Hyman Rickover

Good people might fall again and again, but they always get up.
Proverbs 24:16 ERV