What Are Mistakes?

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People are not doing what they were created to do because they don’t want to make mistakes. They don’t want to be seen as incompetent or incapable people. Mistakes mean different things to different people. Is a mistake really a curse or a blessing?

People don’t learn, grow, and expand, because they are scared of making embarrassing mistakes. If you want to discover new things, if you want to change the status quo, if you want to experiment, if you want to grow, if you want to do what no one has tried, if you want to be different, if you want to do great things, you must embrace mistakes. The art of making mistakes is not a curse, but a blessing. It is a blessing, not a curse.

The art of making mistakes is best thing that has ever happened any of us. If you embrace mistakes, you will have the courage to do new things. You will have the courage to learn, unlearn, and relearn.

People who are doing well in their various careers are those who love to play with making mistakes. They love making mistakes. They know with mistakes come new ways of doing things- new ways of thinking, new ways of solving problems, and new ways of looking at new things.

If you love growth, if you want to reach the top of your career, you MUST embrace the art of making mistakes. If you want to learn, expect to make mistakes. It is okay. If you are not making mistakes, you are not learning. You are probably playing it too safe. Learn how to make mistakes. If you want to, start with the small ones, the ones that will not cost you and your organization a fortune.

Embrace the art of making mistakes, and you will continue to grow.


“A Mistake Is Valuable If You Do These Four Things With It”

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John Wooden famously said, “A mistake is valuable if you do four things with it: recognize it, admit it, learn from it, forget it.”

You cannot grow without making lots of mistakes. The difference between you and those avoiding mistakes is what you do with it. If you are avoiding mistakes, you are also avoiding growth and development- personally and professionally. You cannot grow without making mistakes.

Let us look at what you can do when you make a mistake or mistakes, according to John Wooden.

According to John Wooden, when you mess up badly, you should do the following things:

Recognize it. When you make a mistake, don’t hide it from your people. Let them know what has just happened. If you keep it away from people who can help you, you are making it worse.

Admit it. When you screw up badly, just admit it. I know this is hard for some people to even think about. Some people would rather die than to admit that they mess up. Know this: if you have the courage to admit your mistakes, your people will never let you down. You will become the leader or a person that people want to follow to hell. It takes courage to do that. But if you have the courage to do it, you will enjoy it.

Learn from it. When you make a mistake, do you walk away from it or you learn from it? A mistake is not a mistake if you have the character to learn from it. If you don’t learn from your mistake, you will miss the opportunity to learn and grow. If you make a mistake, take a deep, deep breath to analyze it, to think about it. Ask yourself, what went wrong? Think about how to make it better next time. Note: Do not blame yourself. Celebrate yourself for making a mistake.

Forget it. When you make a mistake, don’t let it steal your happiness away. Admit that you made a mistake, learn from it, forget it, and move on.