In life, we learn through others, class, directions or experience. However, not many people had the luxury of going to school back then and had to learn through experience or simply gamble their way through life.
To make it, one must go to school and maintain good grades and after, keep learning from people more experienced or less new to the world. Your learning experience goes on till the day you die. Many people go through life without noticing any of the vital lessons life generously presents. The opportunities are specific and relevant in life and you must learn from each one.
Remember there are no mistakes, only lessons. Your development towards wisdom is a process of trial and error. So things will not always go as planned or how you would want them to be. Be compassionate with yourself and others. Learn to forgive because each grudge you keep is a weight bringing you down. Behave ethically, learn the ability to laugh at yourself and your own mishaps, for mistakes are simply lessons we must learn.
While you’re still alive there are always lessons to be learned. Surrender to the rhythm of life. Don’t fight it. Commit to the process of constant learning and change, be humble enough to always acknowledge your own weaknesses and be flexible enough to adapt from what you may not be accustomed to because stringency will deny you the freedom of new responsibilities.