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“Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards.” — Vernon Sanders

Boy, isn’t that true. I cannot think of all of the times I flunked a test I did not know I was taking. Fortunately, even though I paid in hide a few times, my misjudgments have never resulted in death, mine or others. Yet.

As the saying goes, good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment.

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  1. Arahant Member

    Seawriter: Fortunately, even though I paid in hide a few times, my misjudgments have never resulted in death, mine or others. Yet.

    Yeah. Same here.

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    • November 30, 2019, at 7:50 AM PST
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  2. David Carroll Thatcher

    On the upside, one learns more from one’s mistakes than one ever learns from one’s successes.

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    • November 30, 2019, at 7:51 AM PST
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  3. Vectorman Thatcher

    David Carroll (View Comment):

    On the upside, one learns more from one’s mistakes than one ever learns from one’s successes.

    My Dad had a saying “Fail often, fail small, fail safe” when confronted with choices. If you never try, you never learn.


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    • November 30, 2019, at 8:00 AM PST
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  4. Gumby Mark (R-Meth Lab of Demo… Thatcher

    Many likes on this. How true.

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    • November 30, 2019, at 10:06 AM PST
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  5. SParker Member

    There’s also: “Experience is the best teacher, but the tuition is high.” The internet says this is a Norwegian proverb. But there’s another Norwegian proverb. The last saying is from the philosophical dialogues of Gosden and Correll.

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    • November 30, 2019, at 5:05 PM PST
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  6. RushBabe49 Thatcher

    In my previous line of work (hospital pharmacy IV technician) I held children’s lives in my hands all day every day. I am proud to say that none of my mistakes (which were vanishingly few) ever made it out of the pharmacy. That’s more than I can say for some of the pharmacists who were my supervisors. No one checked their work.

    I mixed everything from antibiotics and anti-cancer medications to “total parenteral nutrition”, and some of my work was in response to emergencies. I was aware that one mistake could mean death or injury. One time, I happened to be walking by the work station of another technician, and fortunately noticed that she was reconstituting an antibiotic with potassium chloride instead of sterile water. That could have resulted in the death of a patient, and if I had not noticed the error, it might have left the pharmacy. Whew!

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    • November 30, 2019, at 6:45 PM PST
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  7. TBA Coolidge
    TBA

    RushBabe49 (View Comment):

    In my previous line of work (hospital pharmacy IV technician) I held children’s lives in my hands all day every day. I am proud to say that none of my mistakes (which were vanishingly few) ever made it out of the pharmacy. That’s more than I can say for some of the pharmacists who were my supervisors. No one checked their work.

    I mixed everything from antibiotics and anti-cancer medications to “total parenteral nutrition”, and some of my work was in response to emergencies. I was aware that one mistake could mean death or injury. One time, I happened to be walking by the work station of another technician, and fortunately noticed that she was reconstituting an antibiotic with potassium chloride instead of sterile water. That could have resulted in the death of a patient, and if I had not noticed the error, it might have left the pharmacy. Whew!

    How did the tech take the correction? 

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    • December 1, 2019, at 10:22 AM PST
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  8. Eugene Kriegsmann Member

    David Carroll (View Comment):

    On the upside, one learns more from one’s mistakes than one ever learns from one’s successes.

    The truth is that we learn nothing from our successes. It is only with failure that we gain knowledge. Hell, that is why I am so damned smart!

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    • December 1, 2019, at 5:43 PM PST
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  9. Arahant Member

    Eugene Kriegsmann (View Comment):
    Hell, that is why I am so damned smart!

    I’m getting smarter every day.

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    • December 1, 2019, at 5:48 PM PST
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