Hi there,
it may vary according to the context,
any way ill tell abt my opinion,

a famous quote says mistakes are stepping stones for success.we learn something from our mistakes.mistakes may or may not affect other people,but 
we can repay them by never repeating that mistake again.everyone makes mistakes,let it be u,me or anyone in the world.but wat  makes winners different is that they never  repeat it again.
i hope this helps u...