“Never regret. If it’s good, it’s wonderful. If it’s bad, it’s experience.”
In business, as in life, you will make mistakes. Some might suggest that if you haven’t made any mistakes, you probably haven’t done much! If you look at many of the people who have accomplished the most in life, you will probably find that they’ve made mistakes – lots of them. Some may even be bold enough to tell you that half of the decisions they made were WRONG. Dead WRONG.
Well, you have to ask yourself: what made them successful. The answer is quite simple – there is nothing new here.
- They accepted the mistake as being a mistake
- They found out why it was a mistake
- They learned from the mistake
- They determined how to avoid the mistake, again
- They kept their attitude in check
- They tried again
What needs to be new or different is how we handle the inevitable mistakes, and, for that matter, the way that we approach each others’ mistakes. We all make them, quite often, in an attempt to do something that is very right. Sometimes, there will be penalties for the mistakes that we make. Since mistakes come in all shapes and sizes, from buying the wrong paper to opening the wrong business at the wrong time, it seems that the major factor is how we handle it, and how we treat others who have made those mistakes.
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” – Luke 6:31, NIV
Assuming you would rather not be drawn and quartered for every mistake you make, this might be a very simple rule by which you respond to others’ mistakes. Just imagine if everyone took that attitude. Just imagine if everyone would simply “KEEP IT MOVIN’!”
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