The Book of Mistakes

December 11, 2018 0 By Bites of Wealth

The Book of Mistakes

9 Secrets to Creating a Successful Future

by Skip Prichard

When I saw the title of this book, I knew it would be next on the list of books to review. One of the descriptions about the book indicated that the 9 Mistakes are not small potatoes, but big, life-altering mistakes. In my mind, it is just as important to avoid mistakes as it is to do all the right things. After all, someone could do everything right to rebuild a classic car, but one episode of drunk driving could turn all the right decisions into a pile of scrap metal.

“The Book of Mistakes” is written in similar style to the “Go-Giver” series and “Leadership and Self-Deception” by the Arbinger Institute. The lessons are wrapped in a story. In this case, it is two stories and the shadow of a third that run parallel and all tie together at the end.

The primary story follows a young man named David who is unhappy with his job and generally unhappy with how his life has turned out. He dreads getting up in the morning and it appears that his boss has it out for him. He fears getting fired and disappointing his parents, who think that he is tearing it up in the big city. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. To get a different result, something has to change.

The shift for David came when he ran across a young woman in the park on his walk to work. The young woman was trying to grab some yellow papers that the wind had stolen from her, but she wasn’t much succeeding. So David stepped in to help. He handed the papers back to the young woman and went his way with nary a how do you do.

After slogging through another workday, David is walking back through the park on his way home when he sees a yellow paper tucked under a rock, the same kind of yellow paper that the young woman had been chasing that morning. He picked it up, thinking that perhaps he would run across the young woman the next morning and give it back. But on the yellow paper was a note with a meeting time and place and some intriguing words: “Your success is only possible if you avoid the nine mistakes…Meet me in the last booth by the windows.”

This is where David’s journey begins. The 9 Mistakes have been handed down from Keeper to Keeper for generations. There are 9 Teachers who each teach one Mistake to those on the journey. Over the next several months, David meets each of the 9 Teachers and is taught each lesson. As the story unfolded, I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next to David and to Aria (the subject of the parallel story). I was also every bit as anxious as David was to learn the next Mistake.

Often when I do these reviews I will list out the lessons (or in this case, the Mistakes) to give the readers an idea what they will be reading. I will not do that in this case. The Mistakes have the greatest impact when taught by the teachers. All I will say is that the lesson involving the pennies was probably my favorite.

All in all, this one is, I think, destined to be a classic. I believe it should have a place in every high school curriculum. In short, my final evaluation is this: it would be a mistake to not read this book.

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