Book Review: Mistakes that Worked



I’m not sure what I expected when I picked up Mistakes that Worked, but it was interesting to read about 40 things that started as mistakes and ended up being inventions that we enjoy today…i.e. Post-It Notes, Coca-Cola, etc.  I was families with some of the stories and picked up some interesting new trivia along the way.  This book is a great resource for someone that may need some encouragement or just overall interesting information!  There were several great quotes throughout that I have posted below…


  • “Name the greatest of all the inventors.  Accident.” Mark Twain (Notebook)
  • “Intelligence is not to make no mistakes.  But quickly to see how to make them good.” Bertolt Brecht, 1930
  • “Where observation is concerned, chance favors only the prepared mind.” Louis Pasteur, 1854 p. 26
  • “Failure is the battle scar of someone who tried.” p. 35
  • “No man ever became great or good except through many and great mistakes.” William E. Gladstone, p. 41
  • “Who never walks save where he sees Men’s tracks, makes no discoveries.” J.G. Holland, p. 56
  • “Only he who does nothing makes a mistake.” French Proverb p. 66

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