The impact mistakes have had on most people’s lives is tremendous.
At school, you were taught to answer questions with model answers. At home, you were taught to be disciplined, have good manners and follow social etiquette. And at work, you’ve become accustomed to a constant expectation that you operate in a mistake-free manner!
The problem with all the above scenarios is that they punish mistakes. A teacher deducts marks for a wrong answer – a supervisor scolds people for failing to take the right action.
It’s no surprise, then, that from a very young age, people have been made to feel bad about making mistakes. Some have even felt like a complete failure. This constant negative feedback leads to most people desperately trying to live their lives without making any mistakes. It can actually become a compulsion. It may even lead to them trying to hide or lie about their mistakes.
But there is more to making mistakes than most have been led to believe.
The Unexpected Positive Side of Being Wrong
The truth is, by forever seeking to avoid mistakes – we actually end up making more mistakes!
It’s time to start looking at mistakes from a different perspective.
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