What Bill Murray can teach you about mistakes

Academy Award-nominated comedian Bill Murray has recovered from a lot of mistakes. He was kicked out of Little League and Boy Scouts.

Bill Murray majored in pre-med during college. You can tell from this quote:

You know the theory of cell irritability?. If you take an amoeba cell and poke it a thousand times, it will change and then re-form into its original shape. And then, the thousandth time you poke this amoeba, the cell will completely collapse and become nothing. That’s kind of what it’s like being famous. People say hi, how are you doing, and after the thousandth time, you just get angry; you really pop.

Murray made a big mistake that cost him his career as a future emergency surgeon. During his sophomore year, he was arrested for marijuana possession. And I don’t mean just a little. He was arrested for smuggling nine pounds of it. Ouch. That’s not a forgotten joint stuffed into a pocket. That’s a whole lot of mistake.

He had to drop out of college. But he took up acting and comedy. Today he’s known for classic movies, such as Caddyshack, Tootsie and Ghostbusters, as well as more recent movies, such as Lost in Translation and The Royal Tannenbaums. And, of course, let’s not forget Saturday Night Live.

Learn from your mistakes. Find a new path, if need be. Draw from your experiences — don’t be limited by them.

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