The notion of being willing to make mistakes is just the general sense that you are no longer hopeful, that you are no longer hoping to achieve complete perfection. You are confronted with all kinds of factors—poverty, biasedness, aggression, passion, and trying to measure yourself—and all those situations are the opposite of being willing to make mistakes. You don't want to make mistakes; therefore you want to stick with your biasedness; you want to stick with your poverty. You want to make sure that everything goes right….You don't want to make mistakes; you are hoping for something good. Whereas if you abandon hope, you have no idea what you are going to get in your life. Still, whatever comes is within the context of warriorship in any case.
From "Outrageousness," a talk given to the Directors of Shambhala Training, July 1978.