Some people say you shouldn’t run away from mistakes. I’d take it one step further. Don’t run away from your mistakes—walk right up to them, introduce yourself, and buy them a drink.
Everyone makes mistakes at work. Everyone. Few are un-fixable or career-ending (with a few, notable, exceptions). In fact, mistakes are a tremendous opportunity to practice and demonstrate what the social psychologists are calling “grit,” which is a trendy word for what your grandma called “sticktoitiveness.” Remember, mistakes are just challenges we create for ourselves. If you depersonalize them, remove their emotional weight, and think of them the same way you’d think of any other bump in the road, you can transform mistakes into opportunities for future success.
Next time you’re about to freak out about a mistake you made at work, don’t panic, know that we’ve all been there, and try out a few of […]