When Edison first made a working lightbulb, he told a reporter that not one of his previously made 250 experimental bulbs had worked: "I learned something from every mistake I could consider in my next attempt." Everyone knows today that without mistakes no development, no learning is possible. One of the most famous examples of this is certainly the adhesive of the 3M post-it sticky notes that resulted from the failed search for a high-performance adhesive. Goethe says: "Stumbles promotes."
Mishaps should be celebrated
It may be that such a gait lacks grace. But nature makes leaps. And without a chaotic part, there is no self-organization. Someone who sees it that way always wins: if he succeeds, he will gain self-affirmation, courage and energy. If he experiences a defeat, he gains in life experience and stimulus for better ideas. What's more, you should actually celebrate your personal failures, because they bring suspense to life and show that you are in a growth process - true to the motto "Celebrate your mistakes". Only obstacles, resistances - whether they are taken in the first or in the third attempt - bring us forward. Detours increase the local knowledge.
Errors can not be made consciously
Mistakes are needed to break new ground. Which does not mean that it would be intelligent to duplicate the same mistake. The graffiti says, "It's not bad to make a mistake, it's just bad to make a mistake twice." Mistakes happen. You, me, everyone. More or less frequently. Strictly speaking, no reason to accuse or even be out of humor. This is not an egalitarian attitude, but a recognition of the simple fact that mistakes happen and can not be made aware of.
Handling mistakes - a few important tips
- See mistakes as progress. Any mistake you make is a chance to evolve and work on yourself and your strategies.
- Stand by your mistakes! Confess mistakes to yourself and others early. This openness and honesty requires a certain amount of courage, but the long-term benefits are much greater.
- Make an error diary to get the most out of your mistakes.
- Learn from the absence of others, because you do not have to make every mistake yourself to learn from it.