Life isnt always easy, and more often than not you are going to face some kind of a choice. Sometimes the choices are easy, “do I eat the chocolate or strawberry flavoured ice cream?”, sometimes the choices are hard “do I accept the low with lower pay but higher satisfaction or the well paid job, that might rob me of my life joys?”.

I watched a movie with the actor Jason Statham called, I believe, The Mechanic, and somewhere in the movie, he says this:

Good judgement comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgement.

Now, when I first heard the quote I instantly took it to me. I am not quite sure why, but the quote somehow makes sense to me, in a way that I find hard to explain. It is like how we know not to put our hand on a burning stove. We know it is a bad idea, because we did it once before and we got hurt. It is kind of the same logic with this quote, and I think it is very true in many instances. We make a bad choice, we learn from it and more importantly, we learn not to make the same mistake again. Fool me once ….

Doing some research on the internet, I found that the quote was not necessarily original to the movie. I know that, these days, not a lot of things are. But if you search for the quote on the internet, you are likely to find the quote attributed to many different people in a variety of different versions. Still, that doesn’t really change how I can easily relate to the quote and the meaning I like about it.
Haven’t we all, at some point in our lives gone through a situation where we had to make a choice. And based on that choice, we are told that we have good judgement. People applaud us for our ability to think clearly and to avoid getting hurt or causing pain and suffering to someone or something else. And in reality, the only reason we know to make the right decision, is because we made the wrong choice once before, and we have in this way, been warned about what it entails.