You are not your mistakes!
This is one (motivational) line that I’ve seen gain traction over the years and as someone who is big on nurturing a healthy self esteem, I’m inclined to go by it.
Yes! You shouldn’t attach your self esteem to achievements, whether good or bad, you are worth so much -invaluable in fact- regardless of what you achieve (or don’t)! But let’s face facts, in many ways, we really are our mistakes.
Mistakes are a result of our choices, and our lives are an accumulation/reflection of choices made over time.
Proposing that our mistakes don’t “make” us is akin to saying that our choices don’t shape us.
So should we go on pretending that the mistakes we make (over time) will in no way affect us; our careers, businesses, families, or future in anyway?
…Now that would be a mistake!