Redefine failure and learn from it.
- Preventable. These are the mistakes we often think of as bad. They result from lack of focus or attention to the procedures needed to achieve the goal.
- Complexity-related. These mistakes happen when the goal is the product of many factors - your own motivation, previous skills, your environment, support network, and the resources you have to accomplish it. If any of these fail, you might be unable to achieve the goal.
- Intelligent mistakes. According to Adam Mendler, in his article "What Sales Executives Can Learn From Failure", having the freedom to make mistakes increases creativity and work performance. Without unnecessary pressures to avoid mistakes and the shame that comes with it, employees contribute more frequently and are able to express more original ideas. For example, many great inventions were discovered by accident - from Post-It notes to penicillin. Whatever the source of the mistake, removing any negative feelings about it and re-framing it as a source of new knowledge is the first step towards learning from failure effectively.
- Did you feel less motivated to achieve your goal at some point?
- Did something else distract you from it?
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