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Messing up is not a stopping point

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Sometimes your career won’t go as you planned, so what can you do to press on? Bill Treasurer, writing at SmartBrief, offers advice to turn a negative into a positive when you do something wrong at work.

Recognize how you feel. Are you embarrassed, scared, resentful? Then ask yourself, “What is the lesson this feeling is trying to give me?”

Remember that courage requires fear. You can’t act courageously without fear. Be open and receptive to change.

Realize comfort doesn’t allow you to grow. If you’re comfortable you may be stagnant, but if you’re uncomfortable, you have a chance to grow from it.

Recover by treating yourself like a project. Identify your desired outcome, create a timeline and find the resources to become better.

Don’t avoid your feelings after a mistake. Use those feelings and lessons to continue to learn.

— Adapted from “How to Handle a Career Kick in the Butt,” Bill Treasurer, SmartBrief.

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