Who wants to make mistakes?

Who wants to make mistakes? No-one right?  Why on earth would we seek mistakes.  The embarrassment; the consequences; the shame.mistakes_happen

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.

2 thoughts on “Who wants to make mistakes?

  1. This is now a common approach to teaching and learning in schools. I, among others, really buy into Carol Dweck’s ‘mindsets’. Has really influenced the way I go about feedback to young people as well as my approach to parenting. Still not easy encouraging the students to take on board this approach, especially those whose confidence is fragile. Takes someone with high self-esteem to want to learn and grow from failure.


    1. Thanks for the comments. I agree, the self-esteem issue can be the barrier to this being successful. Thanks for the reference on ‘Mindsets’, will certainly take a look at that. Cheers.


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