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The Upside of Mistakes

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in Career Management,Workplace Communication

Mistakes happen to every person at some point in his or her career. If you never make a mistake in your job, you are most likely not taking enough risks. Savvy professionals know there are many positive things to learn from their mistakes, especially if handled in the right way. Follow these tips, and you’ll turn a negative into a positive, no matter how bad the situation may seem:

1. Don’t make it worse.

As soon as you realize you made a mistake, the worst thing you can do is try to hide it or put the blame on some­one else. There’s nothing management hates more than surprises, especially the unpleasant kind. Simply own up to the mistake and have an action plan in place for correcting it and ensuring it won’t happen again.

2. Learn from it.

The greatest inventions in the world came about because their inventors learned what they did wrong and then tried other ways to accomplish the task. Making a mistake gives you the op­portunity to analyze why you failed and figure out how to avoid repeating it.

3. Take risks.

Albert Einstein once said, “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” If you aren’t frequently implementing new ways of doing things and proposing new ideas, you will never find out whether your current process is the most efficient. Do your research and make good plans, but never be afraid to take a risk.

Those who really fail are the ones who don’t get up, dust themselves off and try again. As the Chinese proverb advises, “Fall down seven times, stand up eight.”

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