However, you can learn more from your mistakes than you do your successes. Check out this article from entrepreneur.com for former Apple CEO, John Sculley’s thoughts that you should “view failure not as a ‘game over’ sign, but rather, as a tool on the journey to even greater heights.”
People who acknowledge their mistakes, attempt to rectify or fix them, and move on to the next level will always gain more respect. Its an essential skill for successful (and content) people and their careers.
The emotion on both sides is only temporary (your embarrassment and their frustration) and they will likely have forgotten about it next week even if you haven’t. Get over it and quickly accept it to move on to more constructive activities.
So why don’t we make lots of mistakes, if they are so valuable? Well, fear is the main one. And there’s the crux, going out of your way to avoid mistakes completely (rather than good management of risk) naturally leads avoiding actually trying things. And people who try new ideas less tend to achieve less success overall.
“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.”
― George Bernard Shaw
Its hard, but accept that mistakes happen and work on learning from them rather than excuses and self pity.
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
― Thomas A. Edison
Greatness is just round the corner.