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What You Can Do When You Make A Mistake And Profit From The Experience

That we all make mistakes is a fact of life. To err is human, to prepare for it and minimize its consequences is common sense, as the saying goes.

The question is: What can we do to profit from our mistakes?

Mistakes, if the results are not disastrous, can lead to some good, like teaching us some lessons or provide us with the experience to be wiser.

Here’s the tips on how to deal with mistakes once it is made:

1). If you make a mistake, use it as a stepping stone to a new idea you might not have otherwise discovered.

2). Strengthen your mistakes muscle. Everyone has one, but you have to exercise it or else it will atrophy. So, make it a point to take at least one risk everyday. It is better to risk and fail than never to have risk at all.

3). Remember the two benefits of mistakes. First, if you do make a mistake and fail, you learn what doesn’t work. Second, the failure gives you an opportunity to try a new approach, a new beginning with a fresh perspective.

There was a story about Herbert H. Dow, founder of the giant the Dow Chemical Company. He was interviewing a job applicant who repeatedly stressed that he had never made a mistake.

Dow finally interrupted the job applicant recitation, saying: “We have three thousand people working here, and on the average, they make three thousand mistakes each and every day. I couldn’t insult them by hiring somebody perfect.”

In short, if you have never made a mistake then it means you have never tried something new. The secret is how to profit from your mistakes by using the experience and lessons learned to begin anew.

As the great inventor and industrialist Thomas Alva Edison once said: “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”


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