“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”
– Albert Einstein
We all make mistakes. This week’s weekend reading list is all about what we can do afterwards.
How Leaders Make It Right When They Blow It by Michael Hyatt
If you’re in a position of leadership, chances are better than good you’re going to blow it with your people sooner or later. It’s like messing things up in your marriage. Don’t ask me how I know this, but it’s inevitable from time to time.
You’ve Made A Mistake. Now What? by Amy Gallo, HBR.org
First and foremost, it’s critical to be transparent, candid, and own up to the error. Don’t try to blame others. Even if it was a group mistake, acknowledge your role in it. In cases where someone was hurt, issue an apology. However, don’t apologize too much or be defensive. The key is to be action-oriented and focus on the future. How will your misstep be remedied? What will you do differently going forward?
Moving on from a Mistake: 5 Tips to Relieve Your Pain by Alesha Chilton, TinyBuddha.com
We all make mistakes, but sometimes it’s hard to remember that when we’re in the midst of them. We try to avoid them at all costs because the pain and price can be high.
It can cost us our jobs, our reputations, or our driving records.
In their election ads, political candidates often focus on their opponents’ negative aspects in order to make us vote for them instead. It’s almost as if we’re voting for the person least likely to mess up.
12 Truths to Tell Yourself After a Mistake or Failure by Angel Chernoff, Marc & Angel Hack Life
Have you ever seen a child learn to ride a bike, or a toddler learn to walk? They stumble and fall numerous times before getting it right. Mistakes are learning opportunities. It takes failure after failure to create success. Believe you can and you are halfway there. And never regret anything, because every little detail of your life, including your mistakes, is what made you who you are today.
Here are twelve reminders to keep you motivated after a mistake or failure:
Making Mistakes In Life You Don’t Need to Make (and How to Fix Them if You Do) by Barrie Davenport, Live Bold and Bloom
One of the benefits of watching the years go past in your life is the ability to look back and see where you screwed up.
If you look back often enough, with a discerning eye and an open heart, you can often self-correct along the way. Or at the very least, you can learn from your screw-ups and become a bit wiser and stronger in other areas of your life.
You probably know from your own life experiences that mistakes are painful but very useful ways of learning. However, there are some life mistakes, that if avoided in the first place, will save you a whole load of heartache and misdirection.