At some point in your career, you’re going to screw up. Everyone does. But savvy professionals know how to recover from the inevitable workplace fumbles.
Here’s how to turn a negative into a positive, no matter how bad the situation may seem:
Don’t make it worse. When you drop the ball, the worst thing you can do is try to hide it or blame someone else. Own up to your mistake. Have an action plan for correcting it and ensuring it won’t happen again.
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.
Take risks. 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.”