To have learned and have lived by experience means that we are to be honest with ourselves. The lessons to be learned and the character by which we apply in learning from those lessons allows us to improve.
For numerous reasons people will fall short. They will fail to learn from their own decisions because of their ego. They place blame on others or insert excuses that nullify the value of the lessons to be learned from. In doing so, the value is altered or lost all together.
Blame the umpire for striking out rather than analyze your approach and actions to become a better hitter. Blame the boss for lower production on your end rather than evaluate yourself for what you might do better. Blame the weather for skipping a workout rather than modify your approach and actions to stay on course for yourself.
Learning lessons from experience are often from being unsuccessful or falling short of your intended goal. Failing to recognize and apply from those experiences greatly diminishes what would be learned. Experience to own your decisions and you will forever continue learning and improving.
“People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.” — Eleanor Roosevelt —