For my communication theory class, a couple weeks ago the professor had us write down five statements we believe to be true. I went with topics I didn’t think could be proved wrong. For example, no human is perfect, everyone deserves love and affection, we (humans) never stop learning and there is always more information out there, etc. After being put into groups, we started a persuasion exercise dealing with latitude of acceptance, latitude of rejection and cognitive dissonance. There were nine questions we needed to answer about a statement we believed to be true including: judging the classes current position on the issue, a persuasive goal that is likely to fall in the latitude of acceptance (and another goal for rejection) and developing a point that would create cognitive dissonance in the mind of the class followed with a way to resolve it and once all nine questions were answered we needed to give a brief persuasive speech.
The statement my group choose was “never a mistake, always a lesson.” Through brainstorming for our mini improv speech, we discussed that it takes a strong person to take responsibility and see hard times as a lesson instead of blaming others or yourself. Also, if there is no blame-game then maybe you can see how to avoid repeating the same situation. This type of statement is purely emotional, nearly every person has an experience in which they can relate to this statement with a hard learned lesson or a tough situation. Part of the latitude of acceptance with “never a mistake, always a lesson” is that seeing the bigger picture is important and looking at the situation objectively. Sometimes we are so overcome with emotion that our analysis of the situation is skewed or fogged. Because of this, our persuasive goal for the class was to think of the situation in the long term instead of in the moment.
Our group discussed a lot more detail and went through each of the nine questions (not all listed here), but this was the gist of what I wanted to get across. The meaning of the message, “never a mistake, always a lesson.” Think about it. It stuck with me over the last few weeks. Hopefully, it sticks with you too.