“It’s good to learn from your mistakes. It’s better to learn from other people’s mistakes.”
~ Warren Buffett
Everyone makes mistakes. The good news is: failure can actually be good for you! The best way, and sometimes the only way, to learn how to make changes in your life and reach your goals is by figuring out how not to do things.
There is a process you can use to learn from your mistakes. The more you learn, the closer you will be to reaching your goals in life.
Give Yourself Permission to Make Mistakes
You know you’re going to make mistakes, especially if you’re trying to do something you’ve never done before. In order to be prepared for the inevitability of mishaps and misadventures, tell yourself that when you make a mistake, it’s still okay! You’re not going to let mistakes stop you.
This is part of the process of achieving personal excellence. When you know what to expect, it’s harder for surprises to set you back in your journey to reach your goals. The only people who don’t make mistakes are people who don’t try to do anything in the first place. Don’t be the person who regrets never even trying to accomplish your goals because you were afraid of mistakes.
Make Interesting Mistakes
When mistakes happens, you will learn more by making interesting mistakes rather than stupid ones. You may be wondering what, exactly, is an interesting mistake? The more complex and challenging your ultimate goals are, the more spectacular your failures will be. The person who experiences a spectacular failure is far more likely to realize spectacular success!
Here’s a quick example:
Simple mistake: Stubbing your toe on the rake you left lying in the yard.
Interesting mistake: Turning $30 worth of powdered sugar and chocolate chips into inedible bricks while trying to start your candy-making company because you misread the candy thermometer.
The first mistake will teach you to put your tools away when you’re done using them, but this is something you probably should have already known. The second mistake, however, is far more valuable to you. It teaches you how to read a candy thermometer accurately, and you will never make the same mistake again. Now you’re one step closer to realizing your dream to start a candy making company. What will your next mistake be? Thomas Edison once said, “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”
As we know, before he made that magical light bulb work, he had worked out no fewer than 3000 theories about electric light. While each one of them reasonable and apparently likely to be true, in only two cases did his experiments work! He surely learned from his mistakes and realized spectacular results!
The ability to admit that you’ve made a mistake is crucial to the learning process. This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to announce your mistake to the world. However, you do have to be honest with yourself. Owning up to your mistakes is important, just as important as learning from them and having a positive attitude towards them.
When you admit your mistakes to yourself, be careful not to judge your actions harshly. Your thoughts should not be along the lines of I screwed this up, and I’m never going to get this right. Don’t let your mistakes teach you not to try. Instead, think I made a mistake, and now I know not to do that again. The biggest lesson in making mistakes can be found in your taking responsibility for them, and then doing something to correct what went wrong.
Pinpoint Your Error – Find the origin or root cause Speaking of what went wrong…do you know why you made the mistake? You cannot learn anything from your mistakes if you don’t know why it occurred. If things go wrong, and it isn’t clear to you what happened, backtrack along the path that brought you to the error and figure out where you strayed.
Discovering the origin of your own mistakes will help you avoid potential disaster. Take the responsibility to investigate your mistakes thoroughly, so you can avoid the snowball effect one small error can have.
From my heart to yours,
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