“Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt
Attitude is everything. When we make mistakes, we can either dwell on the mistake or learn a lesson from it. Nobody is perfect – we all make mistakes. I don’t keep track of mistakes that I’ve made; it would probably be a really long list. I bet your list would be pretty long, too. Instead of getting upset about it, take a step back, discover what went wrong (and what went right) – and make note of it to prevent the same mistake in the future.
If you are in a position of leadership/supervision, how do you handle an employee’s mistakes? One of my favorite supervisors always asked if I learned something when I made a mistake. From there, it was a sincere “let’s learn from this and not let it happen again.”
Take ownership of your mistakes. Kinda like Cameron Frye in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” when he wrecked his father’s Ferrari. “When Morris comes home, he and I will have a little chat…”