Albert Einstein said a person who never made a mistake never tried anything new, but when mistakes are made, our actions shift from doing the right thing to covering our behinds; to pointing fingers rather than accepting personal responsibility; hiding errors rather than fixing them; allowing wasteful projects to linger rather than shutting them down; and letting small problems become big ones because they’re inadequately addressed.
The result is that learning is brought to a complete standstill making it more than likely the same mistake will be repeated. It shouldn’t be that way. The time has come to view every mistake as an opportunity rather than a weakness because this change in outlook will stimulate personal growth, strengthen relationships, and enhance efficiency and effectiveness.
The truth is that there shouldn’t be shame in making a mistake. The disgrace should be in failing to admit, correct, and learn from it. Make no mistake about it!
Credits: Frank Sonnenberg
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