Thought for the Week – Stumbling Blocks or Stepping Stones?


I hope you are having a great week so far.

Last week’s thought was; “Our Learning Journey” about how we learn and the stages we go through before we master things along the way. You can see this and all of my previous blogs below

I mentioned about when we learn to ride a bike, drive a car and I also briefly mentioned when we learn to walk.

Well, this week I have been reflecting on a concept that I believe holds valuable insights for all of us, particularly when it comes to our own personal growth and learning. It’s centred around the way we learn to walk and talk, and how we can apply those lessons to our adult lives.

Think about the remarkable journey of a child learning to walk. When they take their first wobbly steps, we don’t scold them if they fall over. Instead, we cheer them on, encourage them to get up, and applaud their efforts. We understand that stumbling is part of the process, and we know that with each fall, they’re getting closer to their goal.

As adults then, why is it that we often treat ourselves differently? When we encounter setbacks or stumble in our own learning journeys, we can be incredibly hard on ourselves. We might berate ourselves for not getting it right the first time or feel disheartened when we hit a roadblock. But what if we approached our own learning with the same compassion and patience that we show to a child learning to walk?

We know this; every time we face a challenge, make a mistake, or stumble in our efforts, we’re simply taking a step toward our goal. Just like that child who falls but keeps getting back up, we too are making progress. Every setback is a chance to learn, to adjust our approach, and to become stronger and more resilient.

There’s a reason we don’t punish a child who falls while learning to walk – because we know that falling is an integral part of the learning process. Similarly, the setbacks we encounter as adults are essential components of our own learning journeys.

So, let’s be kinder to ourselves. Let’s acknowledge that stumbling and falling are natural and necessary steps toward growth. Let’s remind ourselves that every time we “fall,” we’re actually inching closer to our goals.

Just like that child who eventually transitions from wobbly steps to confident running, we too can master our challenges and achieve our aspirations. The key is to embrace the process, offer ourselves the same encouragement we’d offer a child, and keep pushing forward.

As you navigate your own learning journey, remember that setbacks don’t define you – your resilience and determination do. Keep taking those steps, keep learning, and keep growing. You’re on the path to something incredible.

“You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over”

-Richard Branson-

So, learning is a discovery …

If you, or someone you know, would like to explore this with me, why not book a Complimentary Discovery Call with me? I can confidently guarantee that you will leave this call with more clarity and insight.

I’ll be in touch again soon with more thoughts and tips!

With best wishes for your success,


Thrive Coaching & Training – Empowering you to Thrive!

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Published by korinnethrive

Hello, I’m Korinne … I work with committed and determined professionals who want to master their communuac skills. Often business people believe they are doing OK and yet they know they are not getting the results they want and deserve. I’m passionate about helping people to achieve thir vision and get results. I have been working with Business Owners and Leaders for more that 25 years, helping them to realise their vision of what they truly want, overcome barriers to effective communication, so they can be the best version of themselves and thrive in their lives.

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