If we look around at people we consider successes, we will see that their success is a result of a lot of mistakes. Like Albert Einstein said, failure really is just success in progress. Thomas Edison famously developed thousands of prototypes of the light bulb before finding the one that worked. If you’d rather not to fail, you will probably never succeed.
I love the example of Sir Richard Branson. Most of us know him as the iconic, daring entrepreneur. Branson dealt with dyslexia as a child and performed poorly in school. Apart from dealing with that, he also refused to let failure keep him from getting back up and moving forward. Here’s a list of some of his failed ventures: Virgin Cola, Virgin Clothes, Virgin Money, Virgin Vie, Virgin Vision, Virgin Vodka, Virgin Wine, Virgin Jeans, Virgin Brides, Virgin Cosmetics and Virgin Cars.
The first step in learning and growing from mistakes and failures is admitting you made a mistake. We all tend to demonize our mistakes. Rather, embrace them, accept them, make the necessary change after introspection and move on!
It may be terrifying to admit “Yeah I messed up, I am sorry” especially if you are in a position of power and authority. However I have learned the hard way that denying our wrongdoings only ends up isolating yourself and stifling growth.
Admitting we are wrong shows others that we are compassionate, empathetic, sympathetic, and good listeners. It also shows that we are capable of being objective about ourselves and that we not ‘perfect’ or always rightDr. Sanam Hafeez, Neuropsychologist
Admitting flaws allows others to see our vulnerability and can even endear them to us. It also opens the door to meaningful conversations and, therefore, personal and relationship growth.
Life is a constant process of learning. In order to learn, we must become vulnerable and make mistakes. Mistakes are inevitable so we might as well change our perspective on what they mean to us and how they can help us get to where we want to go.
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