Are You Handling Mistakes In a Good Way or a Bad Way ???

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Years ago, I made a mistake and really came down on myself.

I was so hard on myself, that my co-worker said,

Clark, why are you doing that?

I responded,

Because my family isn’t here to do it to me.

More recently, when I’ve made mistakes, I became self-conscious  and noticeably less confident.

Neither of those responses were good for me.

During the past month, I made a mistake, a mistake my manager and director were aware of.

This time was different.

I remembered what my Director told me in the past,

Everyone makes mistakes.

Then I remembered the words a Controller told me where I used to work.

You do good work.

As I worked that day, I repeated these phrases to myself, for they were just what I needed to hear.

Others’ Mistakes

When we think about the mistakes we’ve made, it’s important to put them in perspective.

Consider the following,

President Gerald Ford in the ’70’s said the Soviet Union did not dominate Easter Europe. (I)

in 2016, more than 1 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics. (II)

In 1876, Western Union chose not to buy AT&T. In 2018, WU had net income of 851.9 M. In 2020, AT&T had net income of 5.18 B. (III) 

There are a lot more mistakes where they came from.

The takeaway:

Everyone makes mistakes.

Your mistakes pale in comparison to the mistakes others have made.

Think about that the next time you screw up.

Because we all screw up.

Learn from it and move on.

I hope you found this article helpful.

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Clark Finnical is the author of 

 Job Hunting Secrets (from someone who’s been there)

LinkedIn Strategies to Take Your Career to the Next Level , 

 12 Lies Told To Job Seekers,

 How to Stand Out: From All of the Other Candidates

What No One Told You About Job Titles and Your Job Search  

The Job Loss Mind Game: What Really Happened And What You Need to Do Now

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Photo by NeONBRAND on Unsplash

(I) https://www.newyorker.com/news/amy-davidson/how-to-create-a-gerald-ford-moment-five-steps

(II) CDC

(III) Wikipedia

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