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Thursday, August 04, 2005

Mistakes and lessons

Scott Berkun has written an essay entitled, How to Learn From Your Mistakes. It starts:

You can only learn from a mistake after you admit you’ve made it. As soon as you start blaming other people (or the universe itself) you distance yourself from any possible lesson. But if you courageously stand up and honestly say “This is my mistake and I am responsible” the possibilities for learning will move towards you. Admission of a mistake, even if only privately to yourself, makes learning possible by moving the focus away from blame assignment and towards understanding. Wise people admit their mistakes easily. They know progress accelerates when they do.

I'm not sure where I found this link. But, whoever posted it, thanks so much. There's a lot of valuable advice there. I'm not even going to go into the mistakes I've made. Just suffice to say, I've not only learned from some of them, I've actually bettered myself because of them. Unfortunately, there are still some major mistakes I've yet to own up to. Now may be the time.

Posted by Marie at August 4, 2005 11:24 PM