Work hacks Wednesdays: Be the First to Own Up

You made a mistake. It feels like the end of the world.

It’s not. Unless it was made with really bad intentions or involved breaking some serious rules and regulations to trade away a couple of billions, it generally works out okay. Fortunately (or unfortunately), mistakes are a big part of the learning experience since they keep us humble and grounded. They also naturally inspire reflection and morph into that beautiful thing – experience.

I’m not making a case for you to love mistakes. No one does. Like pain, it helps embracing them though. An approach that attempts to avoid mistakes is probably the worst approach of them all.

So, be the first to own up. “I’m sorry. My bad. I screwed up.”

A saying I remember every time I make a mistake is “Do not fear mistakes, fear only the absence of creative, constructive and corrective responses to those mistakes.”

Another one that helps me not worry too much is “Don’t worry too much about what will happen tomorrow. It’s already tomorrow in Australia.”

(I am not able to appreciate this as much as I am currently in Australia for a few months. Maybe I need to think about New Zealand.. haha)